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UH regents make peace with Greenwood; will 'work together'

By Craig Gima

LAST UPDATED: 09:40 p.m. HST, Nov 15, 2012

KAHULUI >> The University of Hawaii Board of Regents issued a statement of support for President M.R.C. Greenwood tonight, saying they will "work together" after months of turmoil that began with the Stevie Wonder concert debacle.

"The Regents are optimistic that under President Greenwood's leadership the University will correct the management failures highlighted by the (regents') Advisory Task Group Report on Operational and Financial Controls Improvement," said the statement issued more than four hours after the regents ended its fourth closed-door session on Greenwood's future.

The statement lauded Greenwood's role in UH achievements over the past three years as UH president, including attracting $450 million for researchers and the opening of the UH-West Oahu campus.


"The Regents and President Greenwood will work together to build on this record by offering affordable access, excellence in teaching, internationally recognized research and innovation, and a culture of service to the people of Hawai'i.  Our shared goal is to make the University the first choice of the people of Hawaiʻi to achieve their academic goals and pursue their personal dreams," the statement said.

Earlier today at the UH Maui College, the regents met in private for about three hours to talk about Greenwood's employment contract and to begin discussions on Greenwood's annual evaluation.

The regents came back into public session at UH-Maui for just a few minutes at about 4:40 p.m. and recessed until a yet-to-be-determined date before rushing to the airport to catch flights to Honolulu and neighbor islands.The statement came shortly after 9 p.m.

The discussions on Greenwood were held in executive session because it involves personnel matters and possible legal matters. 

Today's meeting was the first since Greenwood's attorney withdrew a letter that asked the regents for a $2 million settlement for Greenwood to resign and suggested she had legal cause to sue the university and the state for breach of contract and damages.

The regents' statement said: "President Greenwood apologizes for having sent the letter to the Board of Regents, which she has since withdrawn, and has no plans to bring legal action against the University or the Board. Soul-searching has led the Regents and the President to rededicate themselves to the University's unique role in educating the people of Hawaiʻi as well as serving as a center for productive and innovative research.":

Greenwood had been in the meeting with the regents along with UH attorney William McCorriston, who has been hired under a $25,000 contract to advise the regents on Greenwood's employment agreement.

McCorriston has also had discussions with Greenwood's attorney Jerry Hiatt since the letter was sent on Oct. 2.



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Kaniela wrote:
Many in the community have lost confidence in the administration of The University of Hawaii as well as those who choose them. Academic excellence is one criterion for choosing a leader but administrative excellence os another. I would like the Regents and other political ententies to consider wisely a new president. As such, I would like to propose Dr. Jim Scott, president of Punahou School. While he might not have the research background of a Tier 1 research institution faculity member, he has a stellar administrative record. He also has a "local ethic."
on November 15,2012 | 04:15PM
Bothrops wrote:
Stellar administrative record at a well endowed school. This is sort of like teaching Little League. A research intensive university is like the major leagues. That said, keep thinking of people, we need a change to someone we can respect.
on November 15,2012 | 06:23PM
Venus1 wrote:
Many have not!!!
on November 16,2012 | 02:31PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
How about all of you Regents fire Greenwood with no pay out then submit your own resignations too. Your Kabuki theatre has gone on long enough and taxpayers are tired of seeing you waste our money.
on November 15,2012 | 04:24PM
aloha4aq wrote:
Another example of our state money being wasted. Why does Greenwood need to sit in on this meeting that discusses her future with the school? That's why we hire lawyers! You're still president of our state university. Why don't you spend the day figuring how to generate more money for the school or do something positive for the school, rather than sit in a meeting that has only one obvious resolution. The writing is on the wall, Ms. Greenwood, "You're Gonna Be Fired!!" Go back to your plush high rise and start packing your belongings. As president of a state University, you should have had more control and input with this whole 'Wonder Blunder.' Since being here, have you done anything positive that's worth being 'head line' news?
on November 15,2012 | 04:31PM
Venus1 wrote:
You have NO idea what Marcie Greenwood has done!!! Only what you read in the paper!!!!! How sad!!!
on November 15,2012 | 04:39PM
hon2255 wrote:
Yeah she s done a lot of nothing for pu students except raised the tuition every year and make classes unavailable taking us longer to get our degrees. Greenwood is much about nothing! The regents along with head boy Martinson got there tails between their legs too ashamed to admit their mistake in hiring her absolutely No Ballz on the part of BOR to fire her With Cause! Stop wasting our money flying around and stay here on Oahu get your act together and fire Greenwood Now!
on November 15,2012 | 04:47PM
Bothrops wrote:
actually the Regents raised tuition, she didnt and they raised it because the Leg kept cutting its support for the university. Someone has to pay.
on November 15,2012 | 06:25PM
Nevadan wrote:
Talk is cheap. What has she done?
on November 15,2012 | 05:43PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Yes, she has upgraded UH and has probably brought more grant money than any other President.
on November 15,2012 | 06:56PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
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on November 15,2012 | 07:24PM
Venus1 wrote:
You should write a book or at least a 'Soap'!!!!
on November 16,2012 | 02:33PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
BOR: Profiles in Courage. Not.
on November 15,2012 | 05:48PM
pluggednickle wrote:
Why do you pay someone $500,000.00 a year and pay for their housing. Need to fox that, how can people making 30 k pay for their housing. Someone making 500 k cannot pay for their own housing? We need to get local people these kinds of jobs so they stay in Hawaii.
on November 15,2012 | 06:22PM
mitt_grund wrote:
Perhaps, her extortionist letter to the BOR has put the fear of liltigation in the BOR. McCorriston, THEIR counsel, is obviously enamored of MRC. He has been shown on the news kissing her on the cheek and hugging her. Doesn't seem to be neutral to me. Can't see him putting forth the option to fire MRC with that kind of demonstration of favoriting her person. MRC will stay, they will find Donovan and Sheriff guilty of lack of judgment and incompetence and no disciplinary action will be taken on MRC's UH legal and finance heads, who should have been the internal defenses to such con jobs.
on November 15,2012 | 06:28PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
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on November 15,2012 | 07:27PM
64hoo wrote:
no dan inoye supports her so now the regents have to work well and get along with her. because uncle dan said so.
on November 15,2012 | 09:52PM
Kaniela wrote:
The president of a University is not the chief academic officer but more of a fund raiser. There are extremely qualified academicians with a tract record of funded research who could lead the University toward Tier 1 status but we seem to be lacking ion the non-academic arena, public/private from which funds are raised and good will sought. I am afraid that the school will suffer without this level of leadership.
on November 15,2012 | 06:39PM
hunebasami wrote:
Make her abise bu her conytact but take away all duties. Let her sit there and do nothing. She will get bored and quit.
on November 15,2012 | 07:21PM
hon2255 wrote:
Sounds like a idea, same thing they did to Donovan. Naaaah just Fire the old bat. Enough already, Greenwood goes, BOR Goes, Abercrombie, please do your job as governor and get rid of them.
on November 15,2012 | 08:18PM
808Nate wrote:
Of course they made peace with her, they no more the $2M to buy her out. UH should have just took a $200K lost on the concert. With all the lawyer's and investigations, the cost/lost was higher than the $200k they lost to begin with. BTW, wasted time in meetings and other BS behind close doors drama's. What do we get....NOTHING!!! Not a darn thing!
on November 15,2012 | 08:36PM
false wrote:
They will all work together to cash those burdensome large checks.
on November 15,2012 | 09:09PM
seeia wrote:
They just went through the motion to vlidate what the BOR is for and came up with a wasted solution for the taxpayers to say that there was an investigation done. The BOR is a joke and should be dismanteled as well. How can you allow the president or anyone at the institution to spend $200K on a concert that has nothiing to do with educating anyone at the university if their job (BOR and President) is to look out for what's best for the stundents, university and local people. These types of jobs are not just given to anyone and the selection process is slim. We are paying these heavy salaries and they should be held at a higher level of standard and accountibility. So, if people are not doing their job then they should be let go.
on November 15,2012 | 10:10PM
rytsuru wrote:
Giving credit to Greenwood for UH West Oahu is as insane as giving in to extortion...oh wait...
on November 15,2012 | 10:32PM
seeia wrote:
We lost $200K not $2. Let a bank teller lose $200K and see how many people get fired. I guess the money isn't coming out of their pocket so they're not worried about it. The money tree will always be there for these guys.
on November 15,2012 | 10:32PM
seeia wrote:
We lost $200K not $2. Let a bank teller lose $200K and see how many people will lose there job and not to mention go to jail. But I guess the money is not coming out of their pockets and the money tree will always be available.
on November 16,2012 | 02:17AM
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