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The state Senate panel charged with investigating the Stevie Wonder concert fiasco will ask University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, former athletic director Jim Donovan, and the chairman of the UH Board of Regents to appear at its Sept. 24 hearing, it was announced today.

“The Committee on Accountability looks forward to following up with the Board of Regents as to their role in the overall operations of the University of Hawaii System,” Sen. Donna Mercado Kim, chairwoman of the Special Committee on Accountability, said in a statement. “We also look forward to hearing how we arrived to the situation the university is in today,” she said.

“Eric Martinson, chair of the University of Hawaii Board of Regents; M.R.C. Greenwood, University of Hawaii president; Jim Donovan, former University of Hawaii athletics director and representatives from Cades Schutte law firm, ‘fact finders’ into the failed concert to raise money for UH Manoa Athletics department, are expected to go before the committee,” the statement said.

In response to Wednesday’s announcement that the hearing had been scheduled for Sept. 24, the regents later in the day announced plans to form their own advisory task force to evaluate “the university’s operational and financial controls and oversight practices.”

Kim responded today by saying, “While we appreciate the Board of Regents’ efforts in finally exercising its oversight responsibilities to address system-wide concerns affecting the management and finances of the university, we will be addressing accountability and transparency issues during the briefing, which does not seem to be scope of the Task Group. We trust the University and the Board of Regents will cooperate with the Committee to restore the public’s trust and confidence in the State’s only public institution of higher learning.”

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