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Top University of Hawaii leader leaving for University of Texas

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 09:06 a.m. HST, Nov 18, 2013

<br />H. Kehau Iwashita, left, talked Friday with Linda Johnsrud, executive vice president for academic affairs/provost, after a meeting at Windward Community College on the proposed University of Hawaii tuition increases.<br />

University of Hawaii system provost Linda Johnsrud is leaving UH for the University of Texas.

Johnsrud, also the executive vice president for academic affairs, serves in the second-highest leadership position at the university under the president.

"I love Hawaii, I love the university and I cannot believe that it has been 25 years. The University of Hawaii has been very good to me. I work with so many top-notch professionals. I'm not sure which makes it more difficult to leave--the place or the people. But it came down to family--my daughter and granddaughters live in Texas," Johnsrud said in a news release.

Johnsrud will be stepping down effective December 31 and will become associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Texas system.

Johnsrud came to Hawaii as an assistant professor in higher education administration at UH Manoa in 1988. She has served in a variety of roles during her 25 years at the university, including chair of the UH Manoa Faculty Senate, associate dean for the UH Manoa College of Education, interim chancellor at UH West Oahu, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs at UH Manoa, and associate vice president for planning and policy at the UH System. Johnsrud has served as chief academic officer for the UH System since 2005.

She developed the six-year schedule of tuition increases adopted by the regents in 2005 and worked on policies on enrollment of international and out-of-state students and on increasing enrollment and retention of students.

Under Johnsrud's leadership, the university established performance measures for the UH system and the Hawaii Graduation Initiative, which has produced significant increases in the number of degrees and certificates awarded across the 10 campuses. She is also known as a strong advocate of the  P-20: Partners in Education program.

"Linda and I have been colleagues and friends for 25 years, ever since she arrived at UH," said UH Interim President David Lassner in a written statement. "We are grateful for her dedicated service to the university and her invaluable work on projects ranging from tuition-setting to performance measures to the recent community forum on cost. UH could always count on Linda to bring integrity, intelligence, diligence, collegiality, humor and graciousness to the hardest projects anywhere in the system. She brought UH and Hawaii into prominence on the national stage with the policies and practices she initiated here, and we will miss her deeply. But we wish Linda and her family the very best."

On Thursday the Board of Regents will meet in executive session to discuss the appointment of Joanne Itano as interim executive vice president for academic affairs at a salary of $18,750 per month. Itano is the associated vice president for academic affairs.

A regents committee will also discuss a salary range for the next provost and vice president of academic affairs. Johnsrud makes $290,928.

Also on the closed-door session agenda is a discussion of the hiring of an executive search firm to help find the next UH president.

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Ronin006 wrote:
I wonder what responsibility she had for the almost half billion dollars in deferred maintenance and repair projects at UH. If UT knew, they probably would not hire her.
on November 18,2013 | 07:03AM
Pocho wrote:
~ $20,000 per month salary? CRAZY!!! $10K/month should be adaquate and if they don't like it, move on! lose money!
on November 18,2013 | 07:35AM
Anonymous wrote:
how can anyone in hawaii survive on $18,750.00 a month - practically poverty level for UH.
on November 18,2013 | 08:56AM
sailfish1 wrote:
If you're not joking, you need to re-evaluate your intelligence level.
on November 18,2013 | 10:24AM
1local wrote:
UH football coach gets paid only $51,000.00 per month - in return UH may get the 'perfect' season...
on November 18,2013 | 10:43AM
serious wrote:
She will learn. Going to a Republican state--hey, they made you work for your living there!!
on November 18,2013 | 08:22AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
I'm sure UT did know something about her...she's in charge of academic affairs, and provosts are usually tasked with things related to academia vs. campus operations. To answer your question, her level of responsibility for the maintenance and repair is probably close to zero.
on November 18,2013 | 11:48AM
Nevadan wrote:
Agree. It was the Greenwood/Apple negligence.
on November 18,2013 | 10:03PM
localguy wrote:
$18,750 per month? Really? No wonder UH Manoa has such an extensive maintenance backlog, throwing away money on clueless UH bureaucrats. No one at UH Manoa is worth that much money. If they were UH would not be at the bottom of the University ratings and there would not be such a huge maintenance backlog. Doesn't matter what other universities pay, most are also paying way too much to their bureaucrats. If I was a UH donor I would immediately cut off all funds until this bureaucrat over payment problem is fixed. Just another day at acutely dysfunctional UH Manoa, laughing stock of the United States.
on November 18,2013 | 07:20AM
Pocho wrote:
this is all human jobs with decision makings, come on now! They are not Rocket Scientists
on November 18,2013 | 07:36AM
sailfish1 wrote:
Rocket scientists don't make anywhere near that kind of money.
on November 18,2013 | 10:22AM
downtown wrote:
Her replacement will get $18,750 a month? I think the UH sets another new record in fat cushy jobs paying gobs of taxpayer money to admin positions! I'm sure this is a misprint, but it doesn't help the University's reputation among the tax paying population around here.
on November 18,2013 | 07:22AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
So, what would an acceptable salary be? You must be in HR or Staffing, since you've declared the Provost's job to be cushy and not worth the $18k/mo. Please, enlighten us.
on November 18,2013 | 11:50AM
Leinanij wrote:
Time to go. Good riddance.
on November 18,2013 | 07:41AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Aloha to you too!
on November 18,2013 | 08:05AM
thatsmyname wrote:
Why are they paid so ridiculously high? I'm sure if you paid less there will still be qualified applicants to choose from.
on November 18,2013 | 08:14AM
GorillaSmith wrote:
Is it just me or was everyone hoping this headline referred to Ben Jay and Norm Chow?
on November 18,2013 | 09:29AM
sailfish1 wrote:
If you're not joking, you need to come to your senses.
on November 18,2013 | 10:20AM
nitpikker wrote:
its all the regents doing. they insist thats the going rates for top college administrators ...on the mainland. so we gotta follow their pay scales here.
on November 18,2013 | 10:25AM
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