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UH to keep Carbone at Cancer Center with new leadership team

By Nanea Kalani

LAST UPDATED: 03:36 p.m. HST, Jan 09, 2014

The University of Hawaii announced a new leadership team today to run the UH Cancer Center, which includes keeping embattled director Michele Carbone at the helm while bringing on a chief operating officer and advisor to help him.

UH said in a statement that it is hiring Patricia Blanchette as associate director for administration and chief operating officer. Blanchette is leaving her role as CEO of a faculty practice organization that supports UH-Manoa's medical school and other clinical practices.

Carbone and Blanchette will report to Brian Taylor, the interim vice chancellor for research at Manoa.

Former Manoa chancellor Virginia Hinshaw, who hired Carbone in 2008, has agreed to serve as a senior adviser to Carbone and Taylor.

The restructuring comes as some faculty have called for a leadership change, claiming the director's poor management has tarnished the center's reputation and jeopardized its federal funding.

Interim UH President David Lassner released a statement on the plan ahead of a meeting of the Board of Regents' Committee on Academic Affairs, where the center's leadership is to be discussed in executive session.

Carbone was first named interim director in November 2008 before being appointed to the post a year later by Hinshaw. He has been working without a formal employment contract, according to UH.

Carbone has had more than 20 complaints and grievances filed against him through the faculty union during his tenure, which the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly says is the highest number of reported violations it has handled for any university unit.

Years of internal disputes over Carbone's management came to a head last month as former and current faculty said they were prompted to petition the Board of Regents to remove Carbone after two failed attempts by UH-Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple to terminate him.

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Masami wrote:
So they keep the "CANCER"? I thought staff had problems with HIM?
on January 9,2014 | 02:39PM
what wrote:
UH leaders are so dysfunctional that they would rather waste money by hiring new managers for those that are complaining rather than remove the manager being complained about. What the hel, it's only taxpayer money being wasted to pay six firgure salaries of new hires.
on January 9,2014 | 08:31PM
Hilofrank wrote:
Seriously?! Paying for 3 more people to do Carbone's job? I'm really stunned that UH can continue to just pay and pay and pay, without any consequences or accountability. So Carbone just keeps his $450k salary and does twice as less? Oh Mama, where do I get a job like that? Only in Hawaii, where incompetence pays...and pays...and pays
on January 9,2014 | 02:44PM
808comp wrote:
How can the University get public support for anything the way they operate.
on January 9,2014 | 03:15PM
brb905 wrote:
Why is it so far for the Chancellor of UHM, Tom Apple to terminate this guy, especially if he has no contract? Is may be symbolic of how messed up UHM is if the senior administrator, i.e., Chancellor, can't get rid someone without a contract.
on January 9,2014 | 02:52PM
Nevadan wrote:
UH cannot get rid of Apple, who cannot get rid of Carbone.
on January 9,2014 | 07:49PM
brb905 wrote:
Why is it so hard for the Chancellor of UHM, Tom Apple to terminate this guy, especially if he has no contract? Is may be symbolic of how messed up UHM is if the senior administrator, i.e., Chancellor, can't get rid someone without a contract.
on January 9,2014 | 02:53PM
cliffn wrote:
Hmm...so the solution is: Add more people to management! The article doesn't say how Dr. Carbone and Patricia Blanchette will share actual responsibilities except to state her official title. Hope they work together for the good of the Center.
on January 9,2014 | 03:15PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
They won't.. that's the way Carbonne works.. Mussolini in the making!
on January 9,2014 | 04:04PM
itsok wrote:
i love his hair.
on January 9,2014 | 06:46PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Only in a public dispute could these kinds of situation arise. First of all, how could a Cancer Center located out in the middle or the Pacific have expertise in Cancer Research? Secondly, I rather contribute to The American Cancer Society.
on January 9,2014 | 03:17PM
BonDancr wrote:
Is Greenwood the "advisor" they're going to hire? Carbone is being retained because he's a gourmet cook.
on January 9,2014 | 03:25PM
itsok wrote:
if he's a gourmet cook, he's a keeper!
on January 9,2014 | 06:45PM
awahana wrote:
I smell blackmail.
Just like how UH had to buy out our Athletic Director to get rid of him, Sheriff's son? And a bunch of UH presidents, and coaches, so anyone at UH now, knows this is what you gotta do.
You gotta build up a cache of blackmail material, and then when you get into deep kim chee, you bust it out, and say "Hey, you CAN me, and I take all the cancer research grant money and funding and expose some nastiness that even the NSA doesn't know about..."
...and you get to keep your high paying job. At the expense of the students, faculty, and taxpayer.
If you listened to the radio a few days ago, when a certain engineering professor was speaking, he was talking about how much a cancer the UH administration is, for the entire college.
So sad for our main higher ed system.
Karma will get you.
on January 9,2014 | 03:25PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
Yeah, we are all waiting for karma to come around, but it doesn't seem to. AND how much extra will they pay Hinshaw for this job! Hey Abercrombie, can you get rid of her? do you have some aides reading this who can advise you? Will an Abercrombie aide, please reply? Remember when you stood on top of your taxi and talked egalitarianism Mr. Guv? Do we have to hire that taxi to take you out of hononlulu Hale now?
on January 9,2014 | 04:08PM
itsok wrote:
Probably the amount of corruption at UH is despicable. I'm really sick of UH, the way UH med school and cancer center asks for money/donations... We should boycott all donations and support to the cancer center and UH school of medicine....
on January 9,2014 | 06:12PM
RandolphW wrote:
They could even put Norm Chow on Carbone's team as a part of a buyout from Norm's contract.
on January 9,2014 | 03:33PM
itmatters wrote:
Excellent news. Carbone demands excellence and all but a half dozen support him. Without him, the cancer center would not have been built, would not have received grant funded research, and would not have been nationally and internationally certified. Well done UH!
on January 9,2014 | 03:47PM
Anonymous wrote:
Let's see how long it is before the CC gets raided by the feds. . .
on January 9,2014 | 05:57PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
PLEASE remove Hinshaw from any administrative role and from our islands! Just send her back to Vail Colorado or where ever she has her fancy condo. SHE is the cancer! her favoritisms, her Chinese sidekick who has her finger in all these pies will fatten her privileges. it is her involvements, the jealousies she creates that cause all these problems as well as the people she extends privileges to which fattens their heads and egos.. PLEASE David Lassner, if you want to be President, cut yourself lose and distance yourself from the previous administration. Don't be their puppet! PLEASE get Hinshaw and her husband, also involved I believe with the Mme Mao of Manoa off of the island.. Get them out and the nepotism at UH will stop.
on January 9,2014 | 04:03PM
mhb_hawaii wrote:
I see. Instead of getting rid of Carbone and hiring a competent director UH keeps paying him and hires others to do his job for him. Sad day for the Cancer Center, UH and the State of Hawaii.
on January 9,2014 | 04:04PM
localguy wrote:
Isn't it ironic. The very institution with a goal of eliminating cancer has a major cancerous tumor growing in it. A very deadly Michele Carbone tumor. Once again the dysfunctional bureaucrats at UH do not get it. They can change the leadership team but they haven't even tried to remove the Michele Carbone tumor. Nothing will be done until this tumor is removed. One has to wonder if Michele Carbone has some dirt on UH bureaucrats, the reason behind their failing to remove him, Sad to say this is what UH bureaucrats do. Absolutely nothing. Their standard.
on January 9,2014 | 04:24PM
itsok wrote:
I'm not really talking about Carbone but is the problem at UH medical school due to the lack of real researchers and experts and just a large amount of expert "POSERS"? These tenured "POSERS" can't generate money so they have to be plugged into some "administrative job" with made up and INFLATED "titles", can never get fired, and are overpaid?
on January 9,2014 | 06:07PM
holumuahawaii wrote:
Typical UH solution....more money to more people....and that's about it.
on January 9,2014 | 08:27PM
Anonymous wrote:
UH administration and regents just don't get it.
on January 9,2014 | 08:37PM
GeoDiva wrote:
If Carbone is the biggest as$ that they say he is, this new leadership team won't work. Once a bully, always a bully.
on January 9,2014 | 08:40PM
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