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Lawmakers question UH-Manoa chancellor's necessity

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 02:37 p.m. HST, Mar 27, 2012


The University of Hawaii-Manoa Chancellor's Office was approved in 2001 under a reorganization plan that wasn't supposed to increase UH's budget.

A decade later, the office's annual operating budget was $14.7 million and an additional $6.4 million in administrative costs have been incurred since it was established, according to a House resolution.

Representatives K. Mark Takai and Scott Nishimoto introduced the resolution, which asks the UH Board of Regents to look into putting Manoa back under the UH system president's purview. A House committee will hear it today.

The representatives note that current Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw will leave the university after this academic year. UH has been conducting a search for her replacement. Four finalists will be in Honolulu next month to give presentations on their vision.







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localguy wrote:
The University of Hawaii-Manoa Chancellor's Office is just another layer of overpaid, useless, bureaucracy to further waste UH's declining assets. NO value added in this position for UH, be smart and dump it now. Taxpayers and students deserve proper fiscal manangement, this isn't it. This fiasco adds to an every growing fiasco list at UH, proving manangement hasn't got a clue how to be a good steward of UH funds, wasting them. Taxpayers and students are tired of UH ranking among the lowest of US universities, demanding progress to get out of the gutter. Then again, this is what UH management does, NOTHING but sit on their okole and collect a paycheck. Give us a break.
on March 27,2012 | 06:13AM
allie wrote:
The Chancellor had little to do and was grossly overpaid. She is a nice lady and I like ehr. But even she knows it was not a necessary position.
on March 27,2012 | 07:19AM
1local wrote:
undocumented (illegal) immigrants are looking forward to 'resident' status and their share of scarce financial aid at UH.
on March 27,2012 | 06:42AM
jkjones wrote:
i just dont understand UH and the State Legislaturre. A $15 m annual budget for an extra tier of bureacracy and the granting of "residency" status to immigrants. How can they reason this tax burden is helping the middle class in these austere times? Top to bottom, we need new leadership. Political cronyism is out of control in Hawaii and hurting the average family.
on March 27,2012 | 07:26AM
Wonderful_World wrote:
Thank Mr. Dobelle for the Chancellor's post, talk about misuse of taxpayer's money. Thank goodness these legislators came up with at least one sensible resolution this session.
on March 27,2012 | 08:04AM
allie wrote:
The UH has lacked good leadership for years. It is sad as it is the only national reserach university in the state. For those screaming for more money for public entertainment (football, basletball) , please note that US news and World Report lists the UH as a third tier national research university. There are only 4 tiers. Why should we tolerate this? It is an embarrassment.
on March 27,2012 | 07:21AM
localguy wrote:
Why do we tolerate being a third tier university? Simple. This is what we do, fail to make progress, fail to work hard and efficiently, fail to hold people accountable for their failures, fail to spend taxpayer's money wisely. After decades of experience UH has not progressed, only fallen further behind mainland institutions. And wait until the west Oahu campus comes on line, think UH has money problems now, try and support two campuses. Once again, the little 4th world of Hawaii Nei.
on March 27,2012 | 11:35PM
omd111 wrote:
Glad to see Hinshaw go. She was the one who pushed for McMackin and the contract that he got. How incompetent can anyone be to put in someone with a weak resume and then overpay him. Just more bureaucratic stupidity.
on March 27,2012 | 07:23AM
McCully wrote:
Just a waste of money for an office that does nothing but have a chancellor walking around campus and sporting events with her goofy hat. Act like a professional, not as a mascot.
on March 27,2012 | 07:37AM
Nevadan wrote:
The UH system is far too top heavy. Students are being cheated year after year. This is an opportunity to remove one layer of wasteful adminstration. More needs to be done. Put the money for students, and the lower instructional levels. Instructors and assistant professors earn their keeps.
on March 27,2012 | 09:05AM
Nevadan wrote:
addendum: If full professors do not publish, or bring in research dollars, they need to be teaching more courses.
on March 27,2012 | 09:15AM
AmbienDaze wrote:
Go Mark Go
on March 27,2012 | 01:18PM
lani_moo wrote:
Totally agree with "localguy." Dictionary has chancellor defined as, among others, the president of certain American universities. That means we have TWO presidents? Imagine if Hawaii had TWO governors or Oahu had TWO mayors. What kind of state government management is this? Or more importantly, how do I get a job like that?
on March 27,2012 | 02:39PM
Bothrops wrote:
But why stop there? Every community college has its own "Chancellor". Windward has a chancellor. Leeward has a chancellor, Kapiolani has a chancellor, West Oahu has a Chancellor. Maui has a chancellor, Kona has a chancellor, Hilo has two chancellors! Get rid of them all. Imagine the money we'd save. Have a dean for each community college and a VP to run all of them.
on March 27,2012 | 05:42PM
blackkitty wrote:
Mark Takai is akamai!
on March 27,2012 | 07:21PM
Wazdat wrote:
DROP the position IT IS NOT NEEDED.
on March 27,2012 | 07:48PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
The UH president should be performing this function anyway, no need to replace the chancellor.
on March 27,2012 | 07:50PM
ACADEMICSFORJUSTICE wrote:
In the final analysis, this cluster of University of Hawaii at Manoa administrative controversies (Hinshaw's $300,000 self-serving exit payout, and the board of regent's unanimous ratification of the new chancellor and his significant salary increase) opened a window into the University of Hawaii board of regents and the University of Hawaii at Manoa administration which must be chronicled for historical purposes, to wit: (1) the board of regents are in essence a body of spineless cowards, and (2) the senior-level administration is comprised of disingenuous greeds who plainly care more about their own interests than the interests of the students and faculty. Ultimately, these historical events have clearly damaged the reputation of the board and the administration in the eyes of the community because they provided an opportunity to see transparently the grotesquely unethical machinery of the University of Hawaii at Manoa administration in action.
on May 19,2012 | 03:57PM
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