via Ka Leo O Hawaii: UH Manoa Student College Newspaper & Media – UH presidential candidate down to one.

By Junghee Lee


Published: Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Updated: Monday, August 3, 2009



UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI’I – Following the withdrawal of Dr. Robert Jones, Dr. M.R.C. Greenwood is the sole candidate for the University of Hawai’i president.

The new University of Hawai’i president could be decided at the Board of Regents’ meeting 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 10 in the Campus Center Ballroom.

One of the two finalists for the position, Dr. Robert Jones, decided to withdraw his candidacy last week, leaving Dr. M.R.C. Greenwood as the sole candidate for the position.

“Although the withdrawal of Dr. Jones is a disappointment, the committee continues to recommend Dr. Greenwood to the Board of Regents for further consideration,” said Donna Tanoue, chairwoman of the UH Advisory Presidential Selection Committee, in a press release.

Greenwood served as chancellor at UC Santa Cruz and provost and senior vice president of academic affairs for the University of California, the second highest position in the 10-campus system.

Greenwood encountered an ethical investigation for her role in promoting a former business partner to a $192,000-per-year job when she was UC provost. Greenwood said that the business relationship had ended by that time.

“The issue of joint ownership of residential rental property was reasonably trivial in that it was financially immaterial to Dr. Greenwood, her business partner, and most importantly to the University of California,” said John Moores, former chairman of the UC Board of Regents.

“The accident of the incomplete dissolution of a non-university related rental property partnership should not ruin a talented academic leader’s reputation or interfere with future employment,” Moores added.

Greenwood was also questioned for her part in her son’s hire as a senior intern at UC Merced.

Current UH president David McClain said, “Several qualities are needed to be a president. They have to be humble, good listeners, good at forming relationships, and, the most important, they have to be able to appreciate the scholarly work faculty do.”