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Interesting Presidential Search at U of Hawaii

Since we will soon be looking for a new president, it is interesting to observe what is currently going on with other university CEO searches.

From the San Franciso Chronicle:

(04-30) 21:06 PDT Honolulu, HI (AP) --

The University of Hawaii on Thursday revealed two of three finalists vying to become the new president of the 10-campus system.

They are M.R.C. Greenwood, a longtime leader in the University of California system who resigned amid an investigation into hiring practices, and Robert J. Jones, who serves as a senior academic and chief operating officer for the University of Minnesota system. The two were scheduled to visit campuses statewide in May and participate in public forums.

"Both candidates offer strong leadership, a strong commitment to academic values, and a deep appreciation of shared governance with the faculty and the importance of building effective working relationships with elected leaders and the community," said Donna Tanoue, chairwoman of the advisory selection committee.

However, the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly was not as enthusiastic.

"I'm not blown away," said J.N. Musto, the faculty union's executive director. "I don't know what I expected. I guess I expected something different."

An expert on obesity and diabetes, Greenwood is currently at UC Davis, serving as director of the Foods for Health Initiative, chairwoman of the graduate group in nutritional biology and professor of nutrition and internal medicine.

She has also served as chancellor at UC Santa Cruz from 1996 to 2004, before serving as the 10-campus system's top academic officer. From 2004-05, Greenwood was provost and senior vice president for academic affairs — the second highest post in the UC system.


However, she resigned the post amid questions about her hiring practices. UC investigators subsequently found she should have recused herself from the 2004 hiring of friend and business partner Lynda Goff for a job at university headquarters in Oakland.

No action was taken against Greenwood since she had already resigned.

There was also controversy surrounding Greenwood's separation package in which the university agreed to pay her a $301,840 annual salary over the course of a 15-month leave. She was also promised a tenured professor position at UC Davis paying $163,800 a year, according to San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Jones, meanwhile, has served as senior vice president for system academic administration for the University of Minnesota since 2004. His leadership responsibilities include oversight for the coordinate campuses, international programs, public engagement and outreach, diversity and multicultural affairs in addition to other university statewide initiatives.

Prior to Minnesota, he served in several administrative positions at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities for over 15 years, including vice president and executive vice provost for faculty and academic programs.

A recognized authority on plant physiology, Jones earned a bachelor's degree in agronomy from Fort Valley State College, a master's in crop physiology from the University of Georgia and a doctorate in crop physiology from the University of Missouri.

Greenwood is scheduled to visit from May 6 to 8, while Jones' meetings are scheduled for May 11 to 13.

"We are desirous of obtaining the best possible person to lead the university and we're looking for additional feedback from the campus community and the public at large," Tanoue said.

It was a toss-up between this and the Hawaii 5 0 theme.

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