A cost-saving measure in the works at the University of Hawaii at Manoa could eliminate some high-level positions on campus.
Chancellor Tom Apple says he plans to eliminate up to seven positions, including deans and executive directors, in order to cut costs and create a more efficient and leaner university.
Salaries range between $175,000 to $300,000 for each position and could save the university up to $2 million each year, Apple says.
The positions are not currently filled and Apple says he’ll decide later this year which departments the cuts will come from.
“In some cases, it might be to take large executive salaries and turn it into more staff positions we might need,” Apple said. “I don’t want to overemphasize the possibility that we just spend less money and keep tuition down.”
Apple says the positions are not union-affiliated, so technically, he doesn’t need permission from any group to make the cuts. But he still plans to consult with the unions about this and other ways the university could save money, including possibly consolidating departments.
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