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UH Pres. Greenwood gives notice of resignation

By Paul Drewes
Published On: May 07 2013 06:25:03 AM HST

Greenwood became the University of Hawaii's leader in 2009, but recently came under fire after the Stevie Wonder concert fiasco and removal of Jim Donovan as Athletic Director.

HONOLULU -

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood will be resigning.

After encouraging University of Hawaii West Oahu graduates to move up as they move on, M.R.C. Greenwood is moving on as well.  Her last day as President will be Aug. 31.

Greenwood became the University of Hawaii's leader in 2009, but recently came under fire after the Stevie Wonder concert fiasco and removal of Jim Donovan as athletics director.

That was followed by a Senate investigation, where the President's decision were questioned and criticized.

Following Monday's resignation announcement, there were kind words from the State Capitol as the governor praised Greenwood by issuing a statement.

"From the moment I met President Greenwood, I was impressed with her commitment and her desire to give her very best effort on behalf of the University of Hawaii.  She brought a wealth of experience and determination and put that to work for the university.  I personally wish her every good fortune in the years to come," stated Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

Some UH Manoa students taking a break from their final exams gave Greenwood a good grade for her work with the University.

"I feel she's done a good job. This school isn't the best funded school, but she's done a good job with the amount of funding she's had," said student Andrei Ducman.

Funding was an issue Greenwood fought for this legislative session, but the UH budget will still come up short.

Budget battles were just one of the reasons. Students felt the President's job can be a tough one.

"I have compassion for someone in that high position. I think it's tough and a part of that job is the high stress level," said Vincent Gonzales, a UH graduate.

Not all students were saddened to hear about the President's resignation. Some saw plenty of Greenwood on TV, but rarely saw her on campus.

"People like her don't come and talk to us. They don't care about the individual student's struggles to get through their course work, so they are abstract from real student life," said UH student Dan Martin.

Greenwood got a contract extension two years ago, and her contract would have ended in the summer of 2015.

As part of her resignation, she will reportedly take one year of unpaid leave then return to the university of Hawaii in a tenured faculty position.

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