UH president: Donovan's job change unrelated to concert investigation

Published On: Aug 30 2012 10:42:59 AM HST
Updated On: Aug 22 2012 07:29:36 AM HST

On the eve of a University of Hawaii regents meeting, President MRC Greenwood has broken her silence about the removal of Jim Donovan as Athletic Director.

HONOLULU -

In a letter to the University of Hawaii ohana dated Tuesday, President M.R.C. Greenwood said the university believes it was scammed with the cancelled Athletics benefit concert featuring Stevie Wonder.

Greenwood said the results of the internal investigation will be presented to the Board of Regents Wednesday.

The UH president also said that the search for a new Director of Athletics would have commenced regardless of the concert cancellation and the investigation.

"Unfortunately, these two separate issues collided and became entangled in the public’s perceptions," wrote Greenwood.  "Personnel actions related to the future of the Athletic Department are not a result of nor derived from the investigation over the concert, and the two events should not have become so connected in the way that they have."

Former UH athletics director Jim Donovan and Stan Sheriff Center manager Rich Sheriff were cleared of wrongdoing in the investigation.

When Donovan came back from paid administrative leave, it was announced he would move into a new role in the Chancellor's office.

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