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University President To Address Unhappy Faculty?

BY JIM DOOLEY - University of Hawaii faculty unhappiness with President M.R.C. Greenwood is on the agenda of a Manoa campus faculty senate meeting tomorrow and Greenwood “is tentatively planning” to attend the session, her office said today.

M.R.C. Greenwood

It’s not clear if the faculty will take up a proposed vote of no-confidence in Greenwood, but there is widespread unhappiness among the academic community with her management style, according to the meeting agenda.

The faculty senate’s committee on administration and budget said in a memo yesterday that a “lack of commitment to consultation and shared governance” by Greenwood’s administration has resulted in “the loss of faculty morale, loss of prestige of the University, and perhaps, even loss of respect in our community.”

The memo said the committee voted October 4 “to delay consideration of a Motion of No Confidence” beyond tomorrow’s meeting, then “reconsidered the issue after it was learned that President Greenwood was coming to the Senate meeting.”

“We still believe that the Motion of No Confidence is premature at this time pending conclusion of the ongoing dialogue between the President and the Board of Regents,” the memo said.

Greenwood’s office said she plans appear at the meeting but had no comment on what she plans to tell the faculty.

On Thursday, the Board of Regents will continue a discussion begun last week on Greenwood’s employment contract, which is in force until mid-2015.

The regents met behind closed doors for some 90 minutes in a special meeting last week but adjourned with no action, saying the matter would be taken up again at the board’s regularly scheduled meeting Thursday.

A state Senate committee recently concluded two days of hearings on University of Hawaii management and financial issues.

Greenwood testified at length before the senators, as did newly-appointed Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple

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