Critics: More troubles for UH even after Greenwood leaves

 

When UH President MRC Greenwood made the announcement Monday she was resigning as UH President, no one was really shocked.

“It’s been a tough economic year following the events of the summer and the Stevie Wonder blunder, it’s been very difficult for her to recover,” said Manoa Faculty Senate chair Bonnyjean Manini.

“I’m glad she’s come to that decision, that perhaps, maybe someone else as the president can lead the university to where we need to go,” says Senate President Sen. Donna Mercado Kim (D).

Kim went head-to-head with Greenwood to investigate the failed Stevie Wonder concert, but she says there are even bigger issues to come.

“Certainly it was a catalyst but certainly we are going to find a lot of issues relating to construction problems, contracts, legal contracts in the days to come, that will probably be more eye opening than the Stevie Wonder concert,” she says.

The Attorney Generals office is investigating allegations of mismanaged construction projects at the University of Hawaii, where millions of dollars may have been wasted.

“As the controversy continues we are finding more and more issues at the university,” Kim says.

“She has had successes here but what we’ve seen mainly are the mistakes that our system has made and our campuses have made so I hope we can move in a positive direction from here,” Manini says.

Those at the university I spoke with today will urge theBoard of Regents to find a leader from within the UH system to fill the post of president.

Regents will likely have to move fast on that decision so there will be a seamless transition come September.

If past searches are any indication, finding Greenwood’s replacement is going to cost the university quite a bit.

In 2009, when then-President David McClain’s term was up, UH paid $109,000 to a head-hunting firm to find his successor.

After a long, drawn-out selection process, greenwood was the only candidate still in the running.

On top of the search-committee fee, UH then paid her $61,000 more than McClain’s current salary at that time for a total starting pay of $475,000.

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