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University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood has announced she will be stepping down in September, two years before her contract expires.
The university announced Greenwood’s departure Monday afternoon, citing personal, health-related, and family-oriented reasons.
Greenwood was quoted in the statement saying, “I have never known a better or more willing group of individuals. I am proud of what we accomplished under very difficult circumstances.”
Greenwood was the first female president of UH and had some true challenges during her four years in office. But perhaps the controversy over the Stevie Wonder concert that never happened may have been the final straw for Greenwood.
Just a few months ago, KHON2 asked Greenwood if she would stick around when her contract expires.
“Oh boy, that’s a really hard question to answer, but not because of the stress or any of this. That’s more related to where I am with my family, my age, how much energy I still have at that point,” Greenwood said.
In response to Greenwood’s decision, Senate President Donna Mercado Kim said, “It’s the best thing for the university…I believe it’s what the university needs….look at some of these accountability and transparency issues.”
Kim and Greenwood have had their differences over the years, but Greenwood did have her supporters.
In a statement issued Monday, Gov. Neil Abercrombie said she brought a wealth of experience and determination to the university.
Greenwood still had two years remaining on her contract.
The governor says he’ll work with the Board of Regents on the next steps to select the next UH president.
Click HERE to view Greenwood’s official letter to the university.