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Former chairman of UH regents resigns from board

By Nanea Kalani

LAST UPDATED: 04:01 p.m. HST, Aug 21, 2013

Former University of Hawaii Board of Regents chairman Eric Martinson has resigned from the board, a year before his term was set to expire.

Martinson joined the regents in 2009. He had been elected in 2011 and again in 2012 to one-year terms as chairman. John Holzman was named chairman in July.

Martinson had been at the helm during last year’s so-called “Wonder blunder” — a plan to hold a Stevie Wonder concert to benefit the cash-strapped athletic department that ended up with the school being scammed out of more than $200,000.

Fallout from the botched concert shook public confidence in the university’s leadership and spurred questions about its operations and accountability.

UH President M.R.C. Greenwood in May announced that she will retire two years before her contract is up to spend more time with family and deal with health issues.

Martinson did not immediately return a call for comment.

He sent an Aug. 12 resignation letter to Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

Abercrombie on Tuesday sent Martinson a letter, confirming the resignation was effective immediately. He thanked Martinson for his “time, energy and commitment,” according to the letter obtained by the Star-Advertiser.

In a separate letter to Holzman, Abercrombie said he will ask the Regents Candidate Advisory Council to provide a list of candidates to fill Martinson’s seat.

Martinson held one of seven Honolulu seats on the 15-member board.

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iwanaknow wrote:
A thankless job...........................you need really really thick skin to hang in there...................let's get a sharp female in there next who will work pro bono?
on August 21,2013 | 03:59PM
mcc wrote:
Maybe Donna Kim will volunteer her time...
on August 21,2013 | 04:11PM
1local wrote:
eliminate all the regents - MRC Greenwood is not resigning to spend two years with her family - she is being paid off by the Board of regents - with her position at the medical school...
on August 21,2013 | 07:43PM
jomama wrote:
isn't that a lawyer whispering in his ear?
on August 21,2013 | 08:18PM
nitpikker wrote:
yes. a thankless job. BUT, why does the bor mindset seem to be: "we need to follow the big mainland colleges and pay TOP DOLLAR to get the best people"? AND we need to hire mainland companies to tell us who the BEST people are! who, by the way, are other mainland people!! maybe the uh should sue the consultants for giving them poor choices to pick from....
on August 21,2013 | 11:25PM
Wonderful_World wrote:
1 down, 14 more to go.
on August 21,2013 | 04:02PM
allie wrote:
Not a surprise. He was an utter disaster. As a UH student, I demand a better board. We have a fine faculty and fine future..now go get a real board.
on August 21,2013 | 04:15PM
jayz43 wrote:
I nominate "allie" for a real bored person.
on August 21,2013 | 06:38PM
DAGR81 wrote:
Demand all you want, you just ain't going to get it because YOUR OPINION does not count.
on August 21,2013 | 08:04PM
Venus1 wrote:
You are amazing and amusing !!! You know everything about everyone !!! You know that Eric was not a good student!! You know that the Board paid M R C off with a position in the Med School.. You know that Senator Dan I insisted on Dobelle being hired ! You know that U H has great faculty that their problem is the Administration. You know that U H needs a 'better Board'!!! All this knowledge and you are a mere 'out of state student''!! Hon !!! Demand a raise!!! You are one smart 'cookie'!!!!
on August 21,2013 | 08:42PM
Venus1 wrote:
Sorry! You did not know that the Board paid off M R C !!! Why didn't you!!!! Or if you did you wouldn't tell???? What else do you know and just keeping to yourself ???? Come on 'Ms Allie' !!! Tell us all you know about everything !! We would love to know what you know about N Dakota !!!
on August 21,2013 | 09:03PM
Hilofrank wrote:
Watch, he will apply for the President's position when it opens up. IF the Regents go out to recruit another President.
on August 21,2013 | 04:09PM
false wrote:
Thanks for trying. With such a micky mouse set up, its a wonder anyone volunteers their time for this
on August 21,2013 | 04:19PM
beachbum11 wrote:
Not Stevie wonder?
on August 21,2013 | 04:23PM
joewilly wrote:
What took him so long?
on August 21,2013 | 04:39PM
Uncleart66 wrote:
Moe, Larry or C Joe have all the right stuff for this team.
on August 21,2013 | 04:51PM
HCSSC wrote:
Perhaps Don Horner will soon join him on the scrap heap of incompetent Abercrombie appointees.
on August 21,2013 | 04:55PM
kailua000 wrote:
Please Please tell me he wont get a payout. PLEASE????!!!!
on August 21,2013 | 05:11PM
Anonymous wrote:
The BOR is unpaid volunteer work.
on August 21,2013 | 05:45PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
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on August 21,2013 | 05:13PM
Anonymous wrote:
Disgusting, why don't you just name the person? Why be so coy? Spill it, woman!
on August 21,2013 | 05:46PM
Bothrops wrote:
hey, the guy was an UNPAID volunteer, he had to rely on staffers and administrators for information. Could he have done better? Perhaps. Could you have done better?
on August 21,2013 | 05:17PM
Anonymous wrote:
Yes. Still amazed that Keith Amemiya got away from all this unscathed. As the University-paid Executive Secretary for the BOR to the tune of $180K a year, Amemiya was the one who should have been advising the BOR during the whole fiasco, but he knew no better than they did. He never learned what his job was all about, and he's one of the main reasons why they looked so bad.
on August 21,2013 | 05:44PM
hon2255 wrote:
He is a nice guy, but too much politics with this BOR, he sided with Greenwood on more than many occassions , and lost a lot of credibility by doing so, fresh , independent faces on BOR and pick someone Competent this time around!
on August 21,2013 | 05:54PM
hon2255 wrote:
Keith got out when the fire was starting to burn, in time to escape any culpabiltiy. Now in private practice.
on August 21,2013 | 05:55PM
jomama wrote:
Rather, SVP at Island Insurance and newest member of the Board of Ed. What exactly did this guy do before, raise money for a sports team or something? Gimme a break.
on August 21,2013 | 08:15PM
nontaister1 wrote:
Keith has too many political friends....
on August 21,2013 | 06:38PM
csdhawaii wrote:
Yup. People were too afraid to criticize him.
on August 21,2013 | 07:05PM
yojimbo wrote:
about time, good riddance. now, get rid of the rest of the clowns, and hold gov na accountable. have him appoint people who care about uh. ask for volunteers who want to be bor members. no political payoffs.
on August 21,2013 | 08:52PM
nitpikker wrote:
true. abercrummie has been very quite on the whole mess.
on August 21,2013 | 10:51PM
nitpikker wrote:
on August 21,2013 | 11:14PM
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