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State Rep. Takai calls for Donovan's reinstatement

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:51 a.m. HST, Aug 14, 2012

<br />Bruce Asato / basato@staradvertiser.com<br />Jim Donovan, University of Hawaii athletic director, has been placed on indefinite leave after announcing there would be no Stevie Wonder concert. Also on indefinite leave is arena manager Rich Sheriff.<br />

State Rep. K. Mark Takai said he was "upset to learn about the resassignment" of University of Hawaii athletic director Jim Donovan and said in a statement today that "Donovan should be reinstated as AD."

UH announced Sunday that Donovan, who has headed the athletic department since 2008, was being reassigned to an as-yet-untitled position in the Manoa Chancellor's office after an investigation cleared him of wrongdoing in the  Stevie Wonder case.

"Jim Donovan has done a great job as UH Athletic Director," said Takai, a former UH swimmer who also heads the UH Letterwinners Club.

"Jim has brought reinvigorated UH athletics and has dedicated his life to his alma mater. We can't afford to lose Jim's passion and expertise at this important time of transitions for our athletic program," Takai said.

UH has announced a 3 p.m. media conference at the school.

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culi wrote:
Jim Donovan keeps his same pay with less responsibily. What a winning resolution.
on August 13,2012 | 02:07PM
joewilly wrote:
Even if Donovan somehow wasn't responsible for the $200 grand loss, he still has no confidence from the majority of the people in the community. Just because some lousy politician runs his mouth doesn't mean he stands for everybody.
on August 13,2012 | 04:04PM
BTO wrote:
Don't we have a compliance and accounting regulations and assistant AD's. Where were they in all this?? Seems like no checks and balances in this department or process. Can someone really leave the hen house that easy??
on August 13,2012 | 04:37PM
Eradication wrote:
Yes, and your comments are based on facts? "...the majority of the the people in the community?" Where are your statistics to make such a statement? Why do people such as yourself make such ignorant comments?
on August 13,2012 | 04:40PM
mellowyellow11 wrote:
Takai you not too akamai. you the guy that dave reardon wrote about in his column re: donovan having friends in high places that kept his still employed. What is your motive.mr. takai
on August 13,2012 | 05:06PM
After loosing about $200,000 in the Stevie Wonder bogus concert setup, Mr. Donovan should pay the UH lost; poor students, and perhaps taxpayers, money down the drain.
on August 13,2012 | 02:08PM
akuman808 wrote:
Mark stop your grandstanding and focus on your own job & responsibilties. Politicians like you need to bring fiscal responsibility to the state not personal opinions involving the state university.
on August 13,2012 | 02:23PM
GeoDiva wrote:
on August 13,2012 | 03:51PM
kainalu wrote:
on August 13,2012 | 03:59PM
Eradication wrote:
If the investigation resulted in Mr. Donovan not having done anything wrong, why did he lose his job? Why doesn't he get his AD job back if he did nothing wrong?
on August 13,2012 | 04:42PM
akuman808 wrote:
Are you that naive???? He lost $200K, that my naive braddah is major irresponsibility. Losing $200K is wrong doing by my deffinition. But, UH is stuck in the potential legal costs involved in a drawn out court case. So they are making up this new position, with no title and the infamous Maytag spin cycle. I say put it through the old wringer and call a spade a spade.
on August 13,2012 | 06:14PM
Eradication wrote:
Naive? Not hardly. The press release stated that he was not responsible for any wrongdoing. Completely exonerated. So, where in that statement does it say "...but there is the issue of $200K that he loses his job"? If he is responsible for doing something wrong then it should be stated as such and he should lose his job. Sheriff got his job back and he orchestrated the whole thing. How's that work?
on August 13,2012 | 11:44PM
Willieboy wrote:
What like putting up more useless fencing along Kamehameha hwy in pearl city? the fabric they used costed millions....my guess is the contractor was a close friend of his.
on August 13,2012 | 06:52PM
LizKauai wrote:
Mahalo, Mark.
on August 13,2012 | 02:24PM
beebler wrote:
While Donovan seems like a good person and had good intentions, losing $200k under his watch is ultimately his responsibility. UHM doesn't have enough money to overlook that. Who should bite the bullet?
on August 13,2012 | 03:10PM
Graham wrote:
What about the legal dept. that prepared/reviewed the contracts...the financial dept. the issued the checks...the chancellor...the UH president...
on August 13,2012 | 04:09PM
Eradication wrote:
Yes, mahalo nui loa!
on August 13,2012 | 11:45PM
mynah wrote:
what we are witnessing is a coup d'etat
on August 13,2012 | 02:28PM
Hilofrank wrote:
Typical UH decision making. When the going gets tough, they create another fully funded position. If no wrong doing OR no incompetence (after all someone lost $200K), then he should get the axe. Unless the Manoa menehunes made off with the money or threw pixie dust in someone's eyes, then I guess it's all good. I mean really, is that what the half-million dollar man (Manoa Chancellor) is getting paid for? As taxpayers, we're such a bunch of saps.
on August 13,2012 | 02:37PM
Sista4 wrote:
Politicians - win an election and they think they rule the world.
on August 13,2012 | 02:43PM
pgkemp wrote:
on August 13,2012 | 02:58PM
Anonymous wrote:
Even if Donovan is reinstated as the AD, he would be out in March because Apple wants to hand-pick his own AD. Donovan knows that he will keep his current pay as AD until March at which point he will get a 3-year $200k position. If Donovan fights his removal, the best he'd get is reinstatement until March then he'd be out. While I agree that his removal as AD is unjust, Takai should not interfere. Staffing at the UH is the responsibility of the chancellor and the regents. Legislators should not try to micromanage. That's why our public school system is the way it is.
on August 13,2012 | 02:55PM
Eradication wrote:
Why shouldn't politician get involved? After all, it is a State University being paid for by tax payer dollars. Makes perfect sense to me.
on August 13,2012 | 04:44PM
akuman808 wrote:
You are premium S.O.S.
on August 13,2012 | 06:16PM
s_manuwai wrote:
I believe your comment is personal in nature and immature. Rep. Takai is involved foremost because he is a previous athlete of UH. Second, he is also the head of the Letterwinners, which means he represents a huge group of previous UH athletes. Politics aside I think he is just being supportive of fellow alumnus. AD Donovan has made mistakes, but in retrospect has done a helluva lot better than the last guy who ran UH athletics into the ground.
on August 13,2012 | 09:03PM
Eradication wrote:
People like him are first in line to toss stones from behind trees. Rarely has anything useful to post. Just name calling, displaying a lack of intellect. Plenty of them here.
on August 13,2012 | 11:51PM
Bean808 wrote:
You are ineffective because you say things like this. Wake up buddy. 200k is still missing!
on August 13,2012 | 02:56PM
pgkemp wrote:
takai, mind your own business, you'll still get your free tickets to uh sporting events..........i'm sure............
on August 13,2012 | 02:58PM
BO0o07 wrote:
Who lost the $200k? Somebody has to be responsible for losing $200k. UH had better come clean on this one because the public will not rest on this one until the person or persons responsible for the lost is identified.
on August 13,2012 | 04:05PM
maafifloos wrote:
I agree!!! All we have heard is "who are NOT responsible. Now have the investigation tell us who IS responsible.
on August 13,2012 | 05:01PM
prest1948 wrote:
Have you noticed that MRC Greenwood has been very quiet recently? I wonder why after all the accusations in the early stages of this fiasco. Will the FBI uncover information that will be embarrassing for some high official in Manoa?
on August 13,2012 | 04:26PM
3keys wrote:
UHM owes it to the public to tell the results of their investigation. You're right about MRC Greenwood. I am really suspicious when the press release about Jim Donovan and Rich Sherriff is done on a Sunday.
on August 13,2012 | 04:49PM
danji wrote:
on August 13,2012 | 06:32PM
lee1957 wrote:
K. Mark, too many cooks spoil the broth. Now sit down and shut up.
on August 13,2012 | 07:47PM
whs1966 wrote:
Perhaps Takai's move will smoke out who is responsible for the $200,000 that disappeared. Someone is responsible; the check was authorized by one or more people.
on August 13,2012 | 08:16PM
s_manuwai wrote:
As usual, the hacks arise to criticize UH athletics when none are qualified to do a better job themselves or no more at stake in it than to say "it's my taxes paying for this or that". I say if qualified for the job then apply as there is currently a job opening, but stop the whinning about the $200000. Many were involved in its loss. Many hundreds of thousands of true UH supporters also lost on this deal, but most keep positive and keep on supporting. Ultimately, the negativity does not become attached to the people running things, but drags down the kids and programs who represent the school. Be positive. Support University of Hawaii Athletics and the athletes that represent your State. Stop the Hackling.
on August 13,2012 | 09:23PM
Eradication wrote:
Maika`i loa!!!
on August 13,2012 | 11:54PM