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Regents support UH's decision to move Donovan

Published On: Aug 22 2012 05:32:00 PM HST

The Stevie Wonder concert fiasco that led to the loss of $200 thousand by the University of Hawaii is the focus of a marathon meeting by the Board of Regents.

HONOLULU -

The University of Hawaii Board of Regents issued the following statement Wednesday after several hours in a closed-door meeting at Windward Community College.

They heard public testimony about the cancelled Stevie Wonder benefit concert and the decision to reassign former Manoa athletics director Jim Donovan to another position.

The Board of Regents statement is as follows:

"We apologize for the university's handling of this matter and are deeply sorry for the concern and upset it has caused in the community.  We approve the release today of the redacted report of the investigation and the key findings of the investigation.  The report shows a failure of management in the Athletics Department and additional issues with financial controls at several levels."

"We ask that everyone remember that the university is the victim in this whole unfortunate incident.  We have lost a significant amount of money, and could face litigation."

The statement goes on to say that the university recognizes the concert issue was mishandled and anticipate making significant changes to procedures and oversight so this can never happen again.  The Board of Regents will oversee the changes.

The board supports the university's decision to move Donovan to the UH Manoa Chancellor's office.

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