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UH PRESIDENT GREENWOOD TO RETIRE IN SEPTEMBER

By Mary Vorsino

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LAST UPDATED: 07:43 p.m. HST, May 06, 2013


University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood will retire in September to spend more time with family and address health issues, she told the Star-Advertiser today.

Greenwood, who just turned 70, said her decision was not related to fallout from last year’s botched Stevie Wonder benefit concert.

“My reasons for deciding to retire are really related to personal issues, my health and the fact that I just think it’s the right time in my life for me to, as they say, move on,” Greenwood said.

Greenwood stepped into her role as the university’s 14th — and first female — president in August 2009, and her contract (after an extension in 2011) was set to expire on July 31, 2015.

Her contract calls for her to be paid $475,000 annually.

Greenwood said she informed Board of Regents Chairman Eric Martinson today of her decision to retire.

She said the details of her departure and the search for her successor must still be ironed out.

Over the last year, Greenwood has fought off hefty criticism in the wake of the bungled Stevie Wonder concert, which was to be a benefit for the cash-strapped athletic department but ended up costing the school more than $200,000 in an alleged scam.

A Senate inquiry into the missteps of the concert fiasco led to wider concerns over university governance, operations and accountability. Lawmakers raised issues with everything from executive salaries at UH to the role of the president versus UH-Manoa’s chancellor.

At several points Greenwood appeared ready to resign — or be terminated.

Her lawyer sent a letter to the Board of Regents in October, which was later withdrawn, that asked for a $2 million settlement for her to resign and suggested she had legal cause to sue.

A month later, though, the regents issued a statement supporting the president and pledging to “work together” after months of turmoil.

At her offices at UH’s Bachman Hall today, Greenwood said that the last year was challenging, “but not the hardest I’ve spent politically.”

“I actually have loved this job,” she said. “But I’m not so young anymore, I’ve got some health problems and there are some issues with my family that I need to be dealing with. So I’ve had to weigh these things and look at why did I come to Hawaii? What was set out as the things that the Board (of Regents) would like me to accomplish while I was here? What have I done? What more could I get done in another year or two?”

Greenwood said that after taking a one-year unpaid leave, she will probably return to a tenured faculty position at the John A. Burns School of Medicine.

Before coming to UH, Greenwood was provost and senior vice president for academic affairs for the University of California system. She also served as chancellor of the University of California Santa Cruz from 1996 to 2004.






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false wrote:
Hopefully shell get at least 10 or 20 Million. Whats a little payola amongst friends. And look she is helping Hawaii's children.
on May 6,2013 | 05:09PM
OldDiver wrote:
UH should do something different this time and not hire administrators or coaches who have been or about to be fired.
on May 6,2013 | 05:16PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Hire local. 'Nuff said.
on May 6,2013 | 05:19PM
boshio wrote:
Get rid of the BOR.
on May 6,2013 | 05:32PM
false wrote:
We can't hire local because UHPA doesn't believe we have the talent. We must look to the continent for talent. Hawaii is too insular for genius according UHPA dialogues once privileged to. Look like them, but really an unda cova agent.
on May 6,2013 | 05:33PM
admiral wrote:
Sorry, false. The best president by far that UH has had in decades was David McClain, a professor who became an administrator and moved into the presidency in the wake of Evan Dobelle's resignation under fire. UHPA has almost nothing to do with the selection of a president. (And with Greenwood's selection, UHPA in fact formally and publicly criticized the decision.) The credit or blame for hiring presidents after a national search--and it has been 100% blame for more than 20 years--resides entirely with the Board of Regents....whose membership is almost entirely local.
on May 6,2013 | 07:01PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
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on May 6,2013 | 08:43PM
wiliki wrote:
Baloney....The BOR has the juice. No one comes close.
on May 6,2013 | 10:43PM
64hoo wrote:
hire local there a bunch of idiots we already have them on the board of regents an yet there locals and are a bunch of idiots.
on May 6,2013 | 05:47PM
wiliki wrote:
A politically and socially diverse group. Some are Republican appointees.
on May 6,2013 | 10:45PM
joeb wrote:
Go for it, Neil. Cut out all your middlemen.
on May 6,2013 | 10:32PM
bumba wrote:
One down, many more to go........
on May 6,2013 | 05:10PM
aomohoa wrote:
Retired or fired.Maybe those were her choices. Lol She needed to go.
on May 6,2013 | 05:11PM
turbolink wrote:
Note to BOR: please invite Allie to your search and selection committee, or she'll never stop the criticism of whoever gets chosen.
on May 6,2013 | 05:16PM
volcanohereicome wrote:
Oh, my God, that is sooo funny! Thanks for the laugh of the day, turbolink!
on May 6,2013 | 05:30PM
boshio wrote:
Get rid of the BOR
on May 6,2013 | 05:33PM
false wrote:
omg. please.
on May 6,2013 | 05:33PM
ski3779 wrote:
No, instead hire Allie as the New UH President.
on May 6,2013 | 06:56PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
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on May 6,2013 | 07:12PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
Thanks, but no thanks hon.
on May 6,2013 | 10:18PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
"...to spend more time with family...."

One of the great mumbles of all time.


on May 6,2013 | 05:19PM
Oahuan wrote:
BS, she's "retiring" because she would've gotten fired by the BOR. Good riddence!
on May 6,2013 | 05:19PM
false wrote:
Just think how much rent we can save.
on May 6,2013 | 05:33PM
wiliki wrote:
She's serving as an interim... I don't expect she'll be leaving anytime soon. Wont be surprised if many of her staff will be leaving before she does.
on May 6,2013 | 10:50PM
boshio wrote:
BOR? get rid of them.
on May 6,2013 | 05:39PM
Irisoda wrote:
Don't let the door hit you on the way out.
on May 6,2013 | 05:20PM
dlum003 wrote:
Aw, how touching. Whatever lady, just leave already.
on May 6,2013 | 05:20PM
gobows wrote:
Rotten Apple is NEXT on the Agenda!.....
on May 6,2013 | 05:21PM
dlum003 wrote:
Coming back as a tenured facukty member? Haven't you stolen enough from Hawaii taxpayers, the faculty, and students already? Have you no decency madam?
on May 6,2013 | 05:24PM
omd111 wrote:
She had no decency whatsoever! She is just queen scum.
on May 6,2013 | 05:40PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
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on May 6,2013 | 07:13PM
Nevadan wrote:
Professors are tenured at any university .... unless they are adjunct professors.
on May 6,2013 | 08:51PM
wiliki wrote:
And she has a year off to get caught up in her field of research. Suspect that her travels during her time off may result in a temporary job elsewhere that is less stressful than a university position. But a tenured position is a nice fallback.
on May 6,2013 | 10:55PM
hon2255 wrote:
She should be fired with CAUSE, no pay offs for her Baloney! Take Apple with you on the way out of your plush Condo in Waikiki while the President's mansion lays idle with millions done in restoration. Greenwood = Lose Money
on May 6,2013 | 05:26PM
ski3779 wrote:
Her guilty conscious finally got the better of her. Here is hoping Tom Apple is next. Here is a vote for "Allie", as Next UH President.
on May 6,2013 | 05:29PM
hon2255 wrote:
Tenured faculty position ?!!! BS, ! just leave , go back to the states , you've done enough $$$$ damage to the taxpayers of Hawaii, the school of medicine will do fine without you, who brokered that deal, fire him too!! Is that you Martinson?!!
on May 6,2013 | 05:29PM
omd111 wrote:
Agree. Go back to the mainland and don't cause any more problems for us. What a LOSER.
on May 6,2013 | 05:39PM
boshio wrote:
Great news, tell her to take Apple with her on the way out.
on May 6,2013 | 05:31PM
rferdun wrote:
BOR, let's find someone who is hungry for the job, not for the money. Someone who doesn't demand a premium for coming here.
on May 6,2013 | 05:31PM
boshio wrote:
Get rid of the BOR
on May 6,2013 | 05:38PM
false wrote:
Allie!
on May 6,2013 | 07:45PM
Nevadan wrote:
It was her greed, coupled with lack of common sense, that did her in. I bet Noel Kent can do a much better job than MRC, at fraction of the costs.
on May 6,2013 | 09:00PM
maunawili1 wrote:
see what happens when you change the name of our teams?!
on May 6,2013 | 05:32PM
omd111 wrote:
Do Not let her back in the system. She does not deserve to take a faculty position at the medical school after her one year leave. GET HER OUT OF OUR SYSTEM. Do not let her keep leaching off of our system.
on May 6,2013 | 05:38PM
shmellycat808 wrote:
Why do the regents give these high-paid people (Hinshaw, Greenwood, Apple) contracts that guarantee high-paying tenured faculty position at UH when they leave their posts?!? Now we're stuck paying them large salaries for as long as they're in those positions.
on May 6,2013 | 05:38PM
808warriorfan wrote:
TAKE TOM APPLE W/ YOU !!!!!
on May 6,2013 | 05:39PM
pauliboy wrote:
i knew she wasn't going to last for long.
on May 6,2013 | 05:51PM
FLIPTOP2 wrote:
"Greenwood, who just turned 70, said her decision was not related to fallout from last year’s botched Stevie Wonder benefit concert." Ya right! Who ya trying to convince, 'cuz it's not me!
on May 6,2013 | 05:59PM
nitpikker wrote:
her name isn't GREEDWOOD for nothing!!
on May 6,2013 | 06:02PM
hon2255 wrote:
HInshaw got a sweetheart deal too, a year of doing nothing and getting high salary on top of it. Mortimer, former President should be brought back to clean house and run it the way he did, with integrity, the guy had no chancellor to help him,he did it all.
on May 6,2013 | 06:16PM
hikine wrote:
Half a mil for salary with free housing and incidentals! The BOR should also be scrutinized for their performance too and clean out the closet. Students are struggling to pay for their tuitions and has been increasing year after year and all these times they've been paying her salary! Good riddance!
on May 6,2013 | 06:11PM
Tilac wrote:
Non too soon. How in the world could we pay this broad that kind of salary then give her outrageous living allowance. $5,000 a month, lets be serious. It would be great to know how much money she brought in over the total she was paid. Good riddance. Oh and by the way lets make sure we pay the next in line more; how about more than the football coach? .
on May 6,2013 | 06:19PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
hire local..save us taxpayers money..lose money every time you hire one mainlander..too much greed..no sense of aloha
on May 6,2013 | 06:26PM
Anonymous wrote:
The president of Punahou is a local boy with a BS from Stanford and doctorate from Harvard. The current head of school of Kamehameha is a local boy with a bachelors from Cornell and a Masters from Princeton. The former headmaster of Iolani is a local boy with Bachelor and Masters degrees from UH and a PhD from BYU. There are qualified, well-educated locals. While this doesn't necessarily mean that the next president HAS to be local, local candidates shouldn't be dismissed just because they're from here.
on May 6,2013 | 06:28PM
pauliboy wrote:
UH like act like mainland schools with high makamaka presidents like dobelle and greenwood. how's that working out for you politicians and regents? way to represent.
on May 6,2013 | 06:47PM
soundofreason wrote:
Bungled everything and still couldn't get them to fire her so she could sue them for 2 million so now she just has to quit.
on May 6,2013 | 06:49PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Good old MRC. Just like Evan Dobelle...only 10% less arrogant.
on May 6,2013 | 07:00PM
Venus1 wrote:
What an angry bunch!! M. C. was an amazing president for U.H.!! She made mistakes, everyone does! Her accomplishments will define her!
on May 6,2013 | 07:09PM
hawaiinui wrote:
You betcha! Amazing she is not, otherwise you wouldn't be reading all this "angry" stuff. She's just another mainlander that feasted in the VIP section of the buffet afforded those incompetent few.
on May 6,2013 | 07:16PM
mrluke wrote:
"Amazing" PLEEEEEZE give ONE example!!!!
on May 6,2013 | 07:19PM
Venus1 wrote:
These comments show the posters know the 'price' of everything and the 'value' of nothing !!
on May 6,2013 | 09:10PM
Nevadan wrote:
Aloha V: Either you are MRC, or you are on her payroll.
on May 6,2013 | 09:12PM
Anonymous wrote:
amazingly enough she served a few years, botched the job, then ran away on the taxpayer's dime. No different than previous people in her position.
on May 7,2013 | 12:17AM
Allenk wrote:
So she retires and gets paid $475,000 annually? Who wrote up this sweet deal? Martinson and the board the should be the ones to pay it, not the tax payers.
on May 6,2013 | 07:10PM
hawaiinui wrote:
I remember a good ole drinking song we just to sing .... We hate to see you go, we hate to see you go...What the h--l you waited for. we hate to see you go! Bon voyage Greenwood.
on May 6,2013 | 07:13PM
mrluke wrote:
She can take herself and her "partner" with her, and forget about paying back all their extra expense they caused to retro-fit her un-used taxpayer supplied home! Good Riddance!!!
on May 6,2013 | 07:16PM
mrluke wrote:
And, BTW, didn't she leave her previous job under a cloud?? Must be good work - when you can get it!
on May 6,2013 | 07:18PM
olos73 wrote:
Hawaiian style, if there's a ceremony or a happy celebration and there's a drizzle in the sky, it's a good sign. A blessing. In September, when MRC leaves, going get tsunami. Get your emergency kits ready, cuz it's gonna pour...
on May 6,2013 | 07:18PM
sailfish1 wrote:
"she will probably return to a tenured faculty position at the John A. Burns School of Medicine." What? Is this part of her contract? Do they have an opening there for someone who can't do anything? How much is she going to be paid for doing nothing there?
on May 6,2013 | 07:24PM
Iuki wrote:
Okay, can the Regents and the Powers that Be around town now please hire a local person to be U.H. President? For heaven's sake, don't tell me there is absolutely no such qualified person in our state. In all the years I've lived here, I've never understood why there always has to be a search for some mainland person who knows absolutely nothing about Hawaii or our University.
on May 6,2013 | 07:37PM
localguy wrote:
YEEESSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now UH BoR needs to get their act together and not come up with another contract without safeguards to protect students and taxpayers money. No follow on cush job when their term is up, no sabbatical, nothing special. Do your time, then take off, thank you for your time. Also they must live in the housing provided, no special allowance. And don't even tell us more money buys quality. Every past UH Manoa president has failed to live up to their pay check. Might even look local, got to be some talent you can find. Do not stick us with another Greenwood fiasco. Learn from your mistakes for once.
on May 6,2013 | 07:49PM
keikomiley wrote:
$475,000.00 since 2009 to 2015 = $285,000,000. Plus housing allowance, Travel allowance, Sports Tickets and Free Concert promotions...What a life.. And if the University of Hawaii can't pay her the monies that is supposedly due to her because of funding cutbacks..."they will just have take it from the tuition". No wonder we locals can't run UH, these Mainland people have outsmarted us again.. Where you can "Retire with Medical issues and still return to work in a UH system...what a wonderful world........How many other people a UH have loopholes like hers........
on May 6,2013 | 07:49PM
Bdpapa wrote:
I don't blame her. There is so much disrespect and unappreciative people in the system. I hope she walks away and takes the State to the cleaners. The only thing I didn't like was her housing allowance. otherwise, she did a good job. All those people with political influence, I say KMA you have ruined a lot of what our University of Hawaii is about. Stop this political influence and let them be what they are supposed to be. A place of higher learning and a focus of pride for the State of Hawaii.
on May 6,2013 | 08:01PM
localguy wrote:
Bdpapa - Are you talking about the same Greenwood? She failed in so many areas, not worth the salary she was paid. Time to move on;.
on May 6,2013 | 11:05PM
entrkn wrote:
I don't know if she was the best and right for the job, but I do know that those who pushed her out are not the best and are not right for their jobs...!
on May 6,2013 | 08:02PM
Nevadan wrote:
???
on May 6,2013 | 08:42PM
Venus1 wrote:
Agree !!
on May 6,2013 | 09:15PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Another notch in Donna Kim's belt.
on May 6,2013 | 08:13PM
Nevadan wrote:
Sen Kim did an outstanding job. Next stop: Governor's office
on May 6,2013 | 08:42PM
aioluamiz wrote:
Small issue: hasn't Greenwood dipped into the public trough enough? What qualifies her to be a tenured faculty member of the School of Medicine? Does she have an MD degree? When has she practiced medicine - 40 years ago, if at all?
on May 6,2013 | 08:29PM
kennie1933 wrote:
Here's the hilarious part IMO. On the news, it is reported that she is going to be a professor in the School of Medicine because she is an expert in obesity. Make your own punchline here: _______.
on May 6,2013 | 11:50PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Ha ha....
on May 7,2013 | 12:08AM
toobn wrote:
If you can't stand the heat, GET OUTA THE KITCHEN! She's been exposed as a gravy train administrator, a non-effective leader, and won't take personal responsibility for the lax standards that have proliferated under her watch. New standards need to be set in hiring, and automatic tenure should not even be on the table, nor should a Waikiki apartment. The new president should live in the home designated for the president, and be more hands on in making the UH system an incubator of local talent.
on May 6,2013 | 08:38PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Please take your executive management team with you. No need to return to the faculty, UH got it covered.
on May 6,2013 | 09:20PM
wiliki wrote:
I'm not surprised.... didn't realize that she's 70. Don't think that I'd like so stressful a job at 70 either.
on May 6,2013 | 10:40PM
rahakana wrote:
That's not retiring. That's just escaping the limelight. Shameless! What greed will do!
on May 6,2013 | 11:12PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Need also to fire the Board of Regents as well in order to clean house and get capable people for a change.....
on May 7,2013 | 12:05AM
brb905 wrote:
This would be a good time to think about re-consolidating the Chancellor and President's position back into one. The past year has shown the role ambiguity of who speaks and leads for UHM.
on May 7,2013 | 12:25AM
iwanaknow wrote:
Hire President Stephen Wheelwright away from BYU-Hawaii. He's been here 5 years, came from Harvard (Business). He knows how to save $ and let go people if needs be.
on May 12,2013 | 07:20PM
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