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Hawaii lawmakers grill UH officials on salaries

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:45 p.m. HST, Feb 01, 2013

Hawaii senators want the University of Hawaii to shrink what they see as the bloated salaries of university officials.

Senators grilled officials about the salaries during an informational briefing Friday at the state Capitol.

Officials defended the university, saying that good salaries are necessary to retain competitive employees. They said reducing salaries would hurt the university.

The university's finances came under scrutiny last year following the Stevie Wonder debacle in which university officials lost $200,000 in a scam.

Senate President Donna Mercado Kim says university officials are getting paid too much.

She says 11 years ago, the university president received $187,000 per year while also acting as university chancellor. She says now the university president and the chancellor are each being paid more than $400,000 a year.

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gsc wrote:
Tom Apple said on the radio a few months ago that " The University of Hawaii is a Billion Dollar Institution " so whats the big deal ....
on February 1,2013 | 02:58PM
1local wrote:
a full audit of unnecessary salaries and positions throughout the entire UH school and systems should be performed - marketing should be contracted out...
on February 1,2013 | 06:46PM
nitpikker wrote:
no surprises here. of course greedwood is going to defend her pay!
on February 1,2013 | 03:02PM
allie wrote:
she is a lame duck anyway
on February 1,2013 | 04:37PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
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on February 1,2013 | 07:48PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
disgusted - don't throw facts at ALL-LIE...he might wet himself
on February 1,2013 | 08:26PM
mr808surfguy wrote:
Once again you treat UH like a jr college and you will pay like it is a jr college, no wonder kids don't want to go there. 11 years time were not as tough as they are now. So dumb!
on February 1,2013 | 03:06PM
Kealaula wrote:
I wonder how many people who commented here have attended, or their kids attend/ed UH. UH like any University has great and terrible profs. The worst thing about UH is the academic advising. If we invested in improving that it would be a big help. It's super frustrating that we have all these big bucks for admin positions, tons of them, but can't hire the profs we need to offer courses that many departments require. The kupuna did a great thing building a University for all our people, so that education was available to all of us. It needs support and oversight. I think the legislators are on the right track on this issue. Sickening to see the beautiful UH President's house, donated by the Atherton family, vacant for years and in its second major renovation while being vacant. What a waste.
on February 2,2013 | 06:35AM
We should all think back to what we were making 11 years ago. When I do this I have approximately a 12% increase in pay . If these figures are correct then Greedwood has gotten better than 100% increase. Obviously our economy has slumped and that should be the standard rationale behind why our pays have not increased significantly, but then, why would the UH officials have such an increase-JUST SAYING I agree with the our senate.
on February 1,2013 | 03:18PM
HOSSANA wrote:
If those idiots called legislators do a sample study of comparable salaries of other institutions of higher learning they will find, and I repeat, and these include the local citizenry, that the officials at UH are receiving salaries that are comparable or less than comparable to universities of the same size and quality. To lower the salaries would be a hindrance in attracting top level administrators or educators at the university. Instead of clamoring to lower salaries at the university or its local affiliates, the legislators should reduce their own salaries first ONLY BECAUSE THEIR LEGISLATIVE SALARY IS A PART-TIME SALARY FOR PART-TIME WORK. Remember how the legislators got their pay raise!! To all you local yokels that voted for Hanabata, on the last day of the session two yrs. ago, she rammed the legislative pay bill through the session without any hearings and WALLA! these very legislators criticizing the UH should start reducing their salary first. Sick of these political grandstanding by a bunch of idiots that supposed to represent the people...oh, wait, its the people that voted for them in the first place. Oh, well!!
on February 1,2013 | 03:21PM
hon2255 wrote:
Hossana , the upper campus has been running amok for sometime since they had autonomy, over hiring and overpaying, ie ,sabbatical for a former chancellor aka a golden parachute for Hinshaw to do crap while being paid hundreds of thousands, likewise to former ad Donovan to twittle his thumbs for a reassignment job that had no job description, all this just a small speck of wasted millions by the higher ups at Bachman Hall,meanwhile students have to face ever climbing tuition, less class choices, a campus in bad need of building upkeep and maintenance , while still trying to run a West Oahu campus we cant afford, why? Cause we can't even take care of the main Manoa campus, it's students and their professors ,instructors. UH system is awash in wasted millions not going to the right places.
on February 1,2013 | 03:44PM
baileygirl9631 wrote:
Agree ! 100 per cent! Who is checking on the salaries of our " esteemed legislature" ???
on February 1,2013 | 03:52PM
kaupena wrote:
Let us not forget about their benefits package specifically their medical and retirement benefits.
on February 1,2013 | 08:23PM
fairgame947 wrote:
HOSANNA makes some very good points. In order to make UH a first class university which mostl taxpayers in Hawaii desire, we have to be competetive, if not slightly above, other institutions. With the cost of living here, to lure first class professors, we MUST pay well. The legislature is totally shortsighted to think otherwise.
on February 1,2013 | 04:06PM
false wrote:
We pay a lot for INCOMPETENCE
on February 1,2013 | 06:53PM
justchecking wrote:
you mean incompetent legislators right?
on February 1,2013 | 08:25PM
mijlive wrote:
and yet you sheeple keep voting the same people/party in---BAAAAA
on February 1,2013 | 10:46PM
yskeulb wrote:
For transparency, the University should be required to disclose the names, titles and compensation of anyone receiving total compensation in excess of $100,000. The Board of Regents should be required to annually approve anyone receiving total compensation in excess of $150,000.
on February 1,2013 | 03:25PM
psimmons wrote:
Salaries as of May 2012. Some such as the Athletics Director have increased since this posting. Follow this link: http://www.uhpa.org/salary-research/uh-executive-managerial-salaries
on February 1,2013 | 04:10PM
csdhawaii wrote:
That information is available. Just go to Civil Beat and they have done the legwork of requesting via the Freedom of Information Act. Salaries of executives are posted on BOR agendas when they are hired. Go look at the history of the BOR agenda on the UH website and you'll see what I mean.
on February 1,2013 | 10:16PM
jusjoking wrote:
No news here folks move along. Good promo for television news.
on February 1,2013 | 03:26PM
hon2255 wrote:
The upper campus needs a complete overhaul, over spending , over hiring, hiring people , moving the former ad to a paid position of which there was no job description , it goes on and on. Bring back President Mortimer ,he did a great job and didn't need a chancellor on top of that.
on February 1,2013 | 03:49PM
allie wrote:
Senator kim is spoton. We have too many bloated salaries on my campus and way too much incompetence
on February 1,2013 | 04:37PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
incompetence for which you are a poster child. How many times have you been caught in lies and misrepresentation of facts? Too many to count.
on February 1,2013 | 05:23PM
GAC wrote:
uh is a joke , check out the facilities , you think high paid professors want to teach there. go on campus and see how much waste we got there.
on February 1,2013 | 06:38PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
GAC - I know UH is in sad shape I am specifically addressing the resident troll who's been posing as a UH CO-ED for several years now. I won't send my kids there but the issues are mainly NOT due to the faculty or facilities, they're management issues. One does not need high paid professors to provide a quality education, just require that they are qualified. If the resources are mismanaged and students cannot get into required core classes then you are not managing your resources very well. Part of the reasons there is no funding for facilities at Manoa is because mismanaged growth in other areas have been allowed to bleed the Central campus. It's like a company that is diversifying so quickly that it's core business suffers. There are plenty of excellent well qualified graduates comming out of UH Manoa, there are also alot of doormen, parking valets, food servers, etc. that hold degrees from UH (justifiably so).
on February 1,2013 | 07:32PM
false wrote:
WHAT TOOK SO LONG ??? This has been going on for a long long time.
on February 1,2013 | 06:53PM
engineersoldier wrote:
This standard argument about not being able to get the talent doesn't cut it. Sam Callejo more than doubled or tripled his salary when he went from State to UH. While I admit that the state and county gov'ts are not exactly full of great talents, they could easily make the same argument about having to pay "competitive' salaries with mainland counterparts. Tax payers would not stand for that. Highly paid administrative staff does not have direct impact on the excellence of our university.
on February 1,2013 | 06:58PM
matthewy wrote:
If you hire greedy administrators, you get greedy policies. That's why we have the big FOR SALE sign on Mauna Kea at the same time the university is raising tuition for our local kids. I'd prefer an administration that sees the university as a community resource rather than an opportunity to make themselves look good. I'd rather see more opportunities for learning, than a fancier campus. I'd like to see our young adults emerge from their schooling as educated leaders regardless of their economic background, instead of having a president who already put her own name on a building. (In her mind, $50k warranted putting her name front and center on the brand new Hawaii Cancer Center building. Mahalo for the donation MRC, but you need to give quite a bit more than that to justify putting your name on the building. Just putting up the name probably cost a few grand.)
on February 1,2013 | 07:04PM
808comp wrote:
Things have gone up in 11 years,however why is the president allowed to have a condo and given additonal money when UH have a house for the president. If she choose to live in a condo she needs to pay for it out of her own pocket.
on February 1,2013 | 07:16PM
Nevadan wrote:
250% in 11 years? Do the math!
on February 1,2013 | 07:56PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Why don't the lawmakers turn the mirror on themselves and the bloated public sector - IN EVERY DEPARTMENT- full of career administrators who do nothing all day except rip the public off.
on February 1,2013 | 07:34PM
safari wrote:
Is this the end of the June Jones era?
on February 1,2013 | 07:47PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
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on February 1,2013 | 07:47PM
dopaco24 wrote:
Fire the President, VP, and Chancellor. Let Hinshaw keep her money. She was forced out for no real reason. She threatened to sue, and Greenwood and company came up with a decent job with an extra long sabbatical for her. Kind of similar to how they tried to get rid of Donovan. All of the "lavish" spending Donovan had over his five years is equal to 1 1/2 years' spending at a mainland institution of similar size and stature. (non BCS) The university spun as much as they could to try to get rid of Donovan. Donovan thought the idea was great for the Wonder concert, however, he was on the mainland during the signing and review process of all the documents. As far as the salaries go, UH is slightly below the national average in what they pay their teachers. The pay is not the problem. The problem is who you pay it to.
on February 1,2013 | 08:27PM
niimi wrote:
We get what we pay for and we don't pay well enough. We actually had two good football head coaches in June Jones and Greg McMackin. Jones brought the moxie and confidence that the program lacked since Tomey and Wagner. McMackin knew he was going to do this job for 5 years, and he really wanted a foundation and continuity. So he sought out and was grooming two great, young coordinators. That is how Boise State, University of Georgia and other programs do it; mentor and develop the assistants. The fans, typical of the people of Hawaii, were too impatient and too cheap. The same goes for the University of Hawaii System. If you're not willing to put in the bux then don't expect great leadership to appear--much less stay. As long as the people of Hawaii in general have their cheap attitude they will have a mediocre university system. That is the bottom line.
on February 1,2013 | 08:42PM
niimi wrote:
After University leaders like Matsuda and Simone, it has been all down hill since.
on February 1,2013 | 08:43PM
csdhawaii wrote:
The BOR has been spending too much time on micromanaging decisions instead of high level, big picture strategies. I don't think the BOR knows what their job is. Same with the Leg. While I agree some reform is needed in the administration at UH, the Leg - Donna Mercado Kim, I'm talking to YOU - is now obsessing about something that is taking focus away from finding ways to showcase UH's strengths. What Donna Mercado Kim is doing is HURTING UH to make a point. Does she realize it, I wonder, or and her pride is bigger than any concern for the University and its thousands of regularly paid employees and researchers; and mostly, its students? Forcing salary reductions is NOT the answer, and isn't even in their power. They've mentioned it, beat it to death, now move on and help UH capitalize on where it does well...research. Kim, your friend Donovan is gone so you don't have to shill for him anymore. Do something USEFUL with your presidency!!
on February 1,2013 | 10:24PM
localguy wrote:
About time we cut these wasteful, overpaid, legend in their mind bureaucrats down to size. All they want is more and more money and do less real work to earn it. Spinning ever failure on to somebody else, not my job. Well it is your job and since you can't handle the truth, time to move on. Next contract require person to live in the special house UH maintains. Don't want to live in it, no housing allowance. Take it or leave it. Oh, after we cut these wasteful salaries down, lower student tuition costs proportionally. No reason to give UH bureaucrats an excuse to waste more money. Also, when your term is over, goodbye. Take the wiki wiki bus to the airport and get out. No more hanging on as "Staff" sucking more money. UH Manoa bureaucrats are like diapers. You know the rest.
on February 1,2013 | 11:25PM
Mikehono wrote:
It is always good to examine policies. Senate President Kim is doing her job.
on February 1,2013 | 11:51PM
prest1948 wrote:
Can this happen in Hawaii? There seems to be a trend with Greenwood when she's given free reign. We cannot afford financial fiasco the University of California experienced when she was number 2 in the UC system. Check the link below. http://hawaiifreepress.com/Main/ArticlesMain/tabid/56/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/804/Executive-compensation-at-UC-MRC-Greenwood-and-the-871-million-dollar-secret.aspx
on February 1,2013 | 11:53PM
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