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UH Board of Regents release public statement

Board of Regents and President Greenwood affirm partnership to make UH system the first choice in higher education

LAST UPDATED: 06:45 a.m. HST, Nov 16, 2012

The Board of Regents and President Greenwood announced that their partnership to achieve ever higher standards of academic excellence throughout the UH system will continue and remains strong. Each acknowledged that the concert fiasco and its aftermath created strains in the University's leadership. President Greenwood apologizes for having sent the letter to the Board of Regents, which she has since withdrawn, and has no plans to bring legal action against the University or the Board.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 Hawaii as well as serving as a center for productive and innovative research.

The Regents and the President share a conviction that autonomy and independence in governing its internal affairs are essential if the University is to carry out its mission. They agree that improved communication and transparency within the University's leadership is critical to avoiding future mishaps. The Regents are optimistic that under President Greenwood's leadership the University will correct the management failures highlighted by the Advisory Task Group Report on Operational and Financial Controls Improvement.

Over the past three years the University has improved graduation rates, especially among under-served groups, and created an innovation initiative that focuses on the STEM fields. UH researchers garnered over $450 million in outside support in each of the last two years. A new four-year campus has risen on the Ewa plain to serve West O'ahu. A state-of-the-art Cancer Center, certified by the National Institutes of Health, will shortly open in Kakaako. The University is the linchpin of an international consortium to mount a billion-dollar thirty-meter telescope on Mauna Kea. The University has become a world leader in the field of indigenous studies. All of these accomplishments occurred while enrollment climbed by 50 percent to 60,000 students and state budgetary support was cut. President Greenwood, a nationally recognized scientist and administrator, has left her mark on all these achievements.

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 Hawaii to achieve their academic goals and pursue their personal dreams.

Source: University of Hawaii Board of Regents, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012

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false wrote:
Just throw money at the problem.
on November 16,2012 | 01:04AM
Venus1 wrote:
Finally the Board and president tapped into ' their better angels' for the good of the Univerity and Hawaii!!! Didn't have to have had this 'bloody battle'!!!!! Too costly for all!!!! Now to bind up the wounds and find a higher road!!! The One Less Traveled!!!!
on November 16,2012 | 02:54AM
bender wrote:
A good start to fixing the wounds would be to get Greenwood out of UH. Then the healing can begin.
on November 16,2012 | 04:53AM
KeithHaugen wrote:
She threatened to sue them, and they caved and ran scared. What a bunch.
on November 16,2012 | 05:18AM
Giligan wrote:
BOR, Bunch Of Panties.
on November 16,2012 | 05:40AM
Nevadan wrote:
That threatening letter was intended to serve a purpose, and it did.
on November 16,2012 | 06:52AM
Allenk wrote:
Now we know who has the control. Sad day for UH. I could never issue a statement like the BOR after having seen a letter like that from Greenwood.
on November 16,2012 | 09:48AM
jcole wrote:
First reaction: Poop. Second reaction: I hope it works.
on November 16,2012 | 04:10AM
mitt_grund wrote:
Still leaves open who were the parties responsible or irresponsible for the Stevie Wonder fiasco. Letter of agreement also fails to give a final accounting of how much this stupid episode has cost the taxpayers of Hawaii. Venus1 must have inside word of this agreement as she responded at 2:45 am to this "good" news. Perhaps, she can enlighten us. BTW, are you MRC or her companion? You seem to know so much about Ms. Greenwood, what she does and what she thinks..
on November 16,2012 | 04:11AM
bender wrote:
Naturally the BOR and Greenwood are too keen to talk about that. They want us to forget about it and their "feel good" statement is intended to misdirect our attention.
on November 16,2012 | 04:54AM
allie wrote:
true..it is all shibai.
on November 16,2012 | 08:13AM
nitpikker wrote:
same BOR, same admin. , same stooges running the show!
on November 16,2012 | 04:46AM
UhhDuhh wrote:
"The University has become a world leader in the field of indigenous studies." That is a tremendous achiev....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz "All of these accomplishments occurred while enrollment climbed by 50 percent to 60,000 students and state budgetary support was cut." Enrollment climbed because the economy gave the parents no choice but to keep their kids in Hawaii and not because of the effort of MC Greenbacks. Then tuition rates were raised for the poor students and their paying parents even though Greenbacks gets $5,000 a month to live where she wants to instead of where she is supposed to. Read the papers BOR you sniveling cowards! "President Greenwood, a nationally recognized scientist and administrator, has left her mark on all these achievements." I never recognized her and all she has achieved is public distrust towards her and her sneaky crooked take-it-or-leave-it style of leadership. "The Regents and President Greenwood will work together to build on this record..." BOR, push your chests out, make big than back down. What is that???!!!!! Sick. Hey Greenbacks, if you do not want politicians to tell you how to do your job, then do your job! Hellooooo?
on November 16,2012 | 11:47AM
honopic wrote:
Beeeee Esssss. Circling the wagons and hoping the nightmare will just go away. Not gonna happen.
on November 16,2012 | 03:24PM
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