UH Regents approve half-time tenured position for Pres. Greenwood

By Catherine Cruz
Published On: Jul 19 2013 09:25:58 AM HST

The University of Hawaii Board of Regents held off Thursday on naming an interim president.

HONOLULU -

University of Hawaii Regents met in executive session for almost 4.5 hours Thursday.

They  covered a number of issues, including a plan to pay outgoing president MRC Greenwood $24,000 a month under tenured position at the UH medical school.

Regents met behind closed doors in spite of appeals by open government advocate Beverly Keever, and Malia Zimmerman of the Hawaii Reporter  to discuss the matter in an open forum.

But Eric Martinson, in his last meeting as board chairman, said it was considered a personnel issue and would be taken up in executive session.

The regents did vote on a new leadership slate, naming former U.S. diplomat and sitting regent John Holzman as the new chairman of the board.

Holtzman, along with other regents, said they felt Greenwood in her new post was a bargain.

Greenwood announced she was stepping down early from her post as president because of health and family issues.

"We have an agreement with her. What she is going to be focusing her efforts on is to create a center of diabetes and obesity here in Hawaii affiliated with John A.Burns School of Medicine. A center like that will be  a tremendous asset to Hawaii," said Holzman.

But Greenwood only wants to work for six months out of the year. Holzman could not explain why Greenwood would not work full time, or what she would be doing the other six months of the year.

The regents were expected to name an interim president at the meeting , but said they needed to do more vetting and would likely call a special meeting to vote on the matter soon.

Greenwood steps down at the end of August.

The board also said the selection committee charged with finding a new permanent replacement for Greenwood will be expanded from 7 to 12 members. It plans to hire a headhunting firm and will be creating a new website to post the status of the search.

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