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Regents meet, but are not ready to announce interim UH president

By Nanea Kalani

LAST UPDATED: 06:44 p.m. HST, Jul 18, 2013

The University of Hawaii Board of Regents is talking with a candidate to temporarily replace outgoing President M.R.C. Greenwood, but isn’t ready to make the name public.

“We’re focusing on a candidate. We need to do some more vetting, due diligence, and we expect to have an announcement pretty soon,” said Regent John Holzman, who had led the presidential search effort, after today’s board meeting.

Holzman, who was selected as the new chairman of the regents, said the board might convene a special meeting July 30 to vote on the interim appointment, who would take over Sept. 1.

In other board business, the regents voted unanimously to approve a $24,470 monthly salary for Greenwood to join the John A. Burns School of Medicine’s faculty following a one-year unpaid leave. That would amount to a nearly $294,000 annual salary, making her the highest-paid professor at the medical school.

Holzman said Greenwood — an internationally recognized expert in nutrition, obesity and diabetes — would focus on establishing a diabetes and obesity center at the medical school.

“I think we are getting a bargain,” said Regent Chuck Gee.

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2disgusted2 wrote:
They're nuts!
on July 18,2013 | 07:31PM
Rickyboy wrote:
Dillusional group.
on July 18,2013 | 09:28PM
hikine wrote:
A bargain? Did the Regents looked at other applicants? They made a mistake when she became President. Something is amiss here, seems like they're in cahoots!
on July 18,2013 | 11:03PM
hilofokes wrote:
How can this guy make such a statement? What wil the UH students/non-celebrity-professors/community-at-large get out of such a bargain? Let the regents themselves - or the one quoted - pay MRC out of their own pockets to be accountable to their pronouncements.
on July 20,2013 | 06:17AM
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