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UH revives administrative post for procurement, risk management

By Nanea Kalani

LAST UPDATED: 05:26 p.m. HST, Jul 11, 2014

The University of Hawaii system is reviving the position of vice president for administration and has named Jan Gouveia to the post with a proposed $225,000 salary.

Gouveia's appointment is expected to be approved by the Board of Regents at its July 17 meeting and would be effective Aug. 15.

UH said in a statement that Gouveia would be responsible for overseeing and managing systemwide programs in procurement, real property and risk management, capital improvements, human resources, and internal and external communications.

The hiring would mark a return to UH for Gouveia, who earned her undergraduate degree from UH-Manoa and had been the university's first director of risk management. She earned a law degree and master's in business administration from Gonzaga University.

Gouveia currently is managing director for training and development and manager of strategy and transformation for Hawaiian Airlines. She previously had been appointed by the Abercrombie administration as deputy director of the state Department of Accounting and General Services.

An advisory task group that was formed in the wake of the "Wonder Blunder" fiasco to help UH improve financial and management oversight had recommended that the office of the VP for Administration be re-established as one step in improving university operations.

"By taking a careful look at our structure we were able to address this priority without adding new administrative positions," UH President David Lassner said in a statement. "I am absolutely delighted that Jan Gouveia has agreed to rejoin UH and take on this critical role."

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nitpikker wrote:
here we go again.
on July 11,2014 | 05:51PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Is there no end to the corruption and graft at UH? These people have absolutely no honor at all and rip off taxpayers at every turn. Abercrombie must be voted out!
on July 11,2014 | 07:32PM
Greyhawk808 wrote:
I understood that the UH has no money for maintenance and repairs but they can create another VP position at $200,000 . Facilities has already stated that they can't handle anymore work with their staff even if more money was allocated for maintenance and repair. The article also makes no mention of her experience in procurement. Where and what kind of law did she practice; real estate experience, etc. Who else was considered for the position that might have actgual procurement and real estate experience?
on July 11,2014 | 06:23PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Oh so you're not adding an administrative position, you're just re-establishing it huh. Such game playing by UH management is not unexpected, as you can see, David Lassner will be no different than past incompetent, wasteful UH presidents. Just like Abercrombie and democratic party leaders wanted, a YES man that does what he's told and rewards the politically connected with six figure do nothing jobs.
on July 11,2014 | 07:29PM
HD36 wrote:
Sounds like one of those complicated, sophisticated, and intricate government jobs where you turn on the computer and check out your face book for half the day.
on July 12,2014 | 06:46AM
roninsensei wrote:
Poho money!!
on July 12,2014 | 08:13AM
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