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New state law strips some power from university head

By Anita Hofschneider

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:58 a.m. HST, Jun 11, 2013

A new state law removes the University of Hawaii president's power to serve as the chief procurement officer for construction contracts.

The new law goes into effect next month. The measure comes just weeks after university President M.R.C. Greenwood announced her plan to retire.

The law gives the state procurement office the authority to manage construction contracts instead of the president.

The law also creates an independent audit committee within the university Board of Regents to review some aspects of the school's management.

The Legislature says the management of university funds is "a matter of statewide concern."

Almost a year ago, the university was the victim of a scam that cost the school $200,000. The scandal brought the university's finances and management under increased scrutiny.

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Holomua wrote:
There goes the WASC accreditation.
on June 10,2013 | 10:02PM
hikine wrote:
Kapolei UH ran out of money because of inept decisions. For people of higher learning they suck at financial decisions.
on June 11,2013 | 04:08AM
LittleEarl_01 wrote:
Why does the SA keep reporting that the "Wonder Blunder" cost $200,000, when in reality it costs over $1 MILLION dollars when you take into account all the money that was spent on attorneys to cover their okole's.
on June 11,2013 | 04:56AM
TTPwr wrote:
Yeah Right - the State is sooo much better at managing construction projects......
on June 11,2013 | 05:49AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Abercrombie got his wish. He now controls the contract system. If you want a non bid contract you'd better contribute to his campaign fund.
on June 11,2013 | 07:46AM
Papakolea wrote:
Exactly!!! Guess who's going to get the lion's share of the contracts now??
on June 11,2013 | 09:26AM
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