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She’s stepping down as University of Hawaii president and there’s already controversy over M.R.C. Greenwood’s next job.
She plans to be a professor at the UH School of Medicine with a proposed annual salary of nearly $300,000.
Greenwood announced she was retiring as UH president in August following a whirlwind of turbulence that started with the Stevie Wonder concert that never materialized.
Come September, she will be a tenured professor.
Former UH Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw made a similar move when she stepped down two years ago.
The union, University of Hawaii Professional Assembly, says it shouldn’t work that way.
“That is a different career. It has different reward systems. It allows you to do different things they are not interchangeable,” UHPA Executive Director JN Musto said.
As for their salaries, Greenwood was paid $475,000 a year as UH president and with the Board of Regents approval will get $293,000 as a professor.
Hinshaw was paid $363,000 as a chancellor and is getting $292,000 as a professor.
Both salaries as professors are considerably higher than the median salary of all professors at the medical school, which is $202,000.
As tenured professors, they have the job for as long as they want.
“Quite frankly, it makes it harder for us to continue to defend the concept of tenure and what it truly means in an academic workplace,” Musto said.
Musto points out that most professors get tenured after putting in five years of continuous service, so it’s something that’s earned and proven.
In the case for Greenwood and Hinshaw, the tenure was part of the deal when they were hired by the Board of Regents as administrators. As administrators, they’re doing something completely different.
“That takes you away from that discipline, and in the sciences particularly, you can’t be far away from your discipline and be current,” Musto said.
A spokeswoman for UH says Greenwood’s credentials are equal to, if not more distinguished than those of the highest paid faculty members.
The proposed salary is the average of the top five salaries at the medical school.