The new acting chancellor of the University of Hawaii at Manoa intends to relax the hiring freeze at the campus next spring.
Robert Bley-Vroman told faculty and students on Wednesday the freeze that former chancellor Tom Apple instituted this summer was indeed necessary.
Bley-Vroman previously served as the dean of the College of Language, Linguistics and Literature. He stressed that in the last four years, the carryover account for the UH Manoa campus has gone down from $110 million to $30 million.
Bley-Vroman says he intends to reinstate an annual budget review for all deans as part of his plan.
"We have a freeze on lecturers and graduate assistants hiring and student help that made it difficult to get everything done before the semester started," said Bley-Vroman. "I think it was necessary because we had to take action quickly. Now, we have a little more time and we can have a more relaxed approach to how that works."
The scrambling to deal with the freeze caused lots of angst as the fall semester started last week. But, the chancellor says he has tried to minimize the effect on students by manipulating schedules, increasing class size and workload on faculty.