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Greenwood's UH medical school salary nearly $300,000

By Nanea Kalani

LAST UPDATED: 10:33 a.m. HST, Jul 12, 2013

Outgoing University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood is expected to earn a nearly $300,000 salary when she joins the faculty of the medical school following a planned year-long leave.

Greenwood, 70, announced in May that she was retiring Aug. 31 to spend more time with family and address health issues. She said at the time that after taking a one-year unpaid leave, she would probably return to a tenured faculty position at the John A. Burns School of Medicine.

Greenwood, an internationally recognized expert in nutrition, obesity and diabetes, was named president in August 2009 with a $475,000 salary. Her contract, after an extension in 2011, was set to expire July 31, 2015.

The university’s Board of Regents is scheduled to take up her proposed faculty salary at a meeting Thursday. The agenda lists a $24,470 monthly salary, which amounts to $293,640 annually.

It also lists leave without pay for personal reasons from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31, 2014.

Her faculty salary would be significantly higher than the median faculty pay at the medical school. 

Professors at the medical school earn a median salary of $202,000, according to a University of Hawaii Professional Assembly salary database. The highest-paid professor there earns $292,188.

Greenwood’s announced retirement came nearly a year after UH became embroiled in the so-called "Wonder blunder" from a botched Stevie Wonder concert that shook public confidence in the university's leadership and spurred big questions about UH accountability and operations.

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