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via Ka Leo O Hawaii: UH Manoa Student College Newspaper & Media – Greenwood announced 14th UH president.

By Junghee Lee

 

Published: Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Updated: Monday, August 3, 2009

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The Board of Regents unanimously approved M.R.C. Greenwood as president.

With a unanimous vote of 12-0, the Board of Regents approved Mary Rita Cooke Greenwood as president of the University of Hawai’i system after a seven-month-long search.

“I will commit my full attention to ensuring that the hard work already done by those before me, especially that of President McClain and his system team, the campus chancellors and many others will be honored as important building blocks for the future,” said Greenwood in a videoconference from the University of California, Davis.

As previous chancellor for the University of California, Santa Cruz, Greenwood achieved various accomplishments such as helping launch the college’s first professional engineering school (the Jack Baskin School of Engineering), increasing the number of academic programs by 52 percent and more than doubling extramural research support, and developing the nation’s first NASA University Affiliated Research Center at the UC.

“Her experiences will be invaluable in guiding our university and our state through today’s economic challenges,” said current UH President David McClain in the final selection meeting.

The three-year contract includes a salary of $475,008, compared to McClain’s salary of $414,096, and two one-year renewal options. The salary range was decided according to a salary study of institutions similar to UH, according to BOR Chairman Al Landon.

From the very beginning of her tenure at UH, Greenwood must face the financial crisis the university is currently suffering.

“I know this is going to be a painful time for the university,” Greenwood acknowledged.

According to Greenwood, more than $100 million in systemwide budgets will be cut over the next two years.

Greenwood also brought up the ethical investigation she was involved in during her time as provost at UC Santa Cruz.

“I apologized for it, I paid for it and I don’t think I will ever make that mistake again, and with the help of the general council and others, I’m sure I won’t make anymore conflict of interest,” she said in the videoconference.

Greenwood plans to start her job before Aug. 24, 2009, shortly after McClain ends his term on July 31.

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