Background information on the Tom Apple situationUPDATED 11:00 PM HST Jul 30, 2014Video Transcript
through Saturday. Ashley? The fate of U-H Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple remains up in the air tonight. Lots of head-scratching over the reason why he could be on the way out. KITV's Catherine Cruz tells us... U-H President David Lassner is beginning to meet with stakeholders who want some answers. 01 1:03 Chanceller Tom Apple expected PUSHBACK from school deans when he called for a 2- year hiring freeze on the U-H Manoa campus... What he didn't see coming was a move to push him OUT. Some point to a key meeting at the UH Cancer Center last month... hospital executives and lawmakers were among those meeting to talk about the center's future. Apple had previously tried and failed to fire its director Michele Carbone and the meeting was an attempt to move forward. The freeze doesnt cover the center since it must hire at least 16 highly paid researchers over the next two years to keep the prestigious designation as a cancer institute--one of only 61 in the country. Senator Roz Baker was at that meeting and says keeping that designation is critical. PHONER Sen Rosalyn Baker 32:15-32:375 - "I don't think Chancellor Apple had an appreciation for the work that the center was doing or the importance of the NCI designation. I thought perhaps he had been enlightened after the meeting had taken place," But if Apple saw the light and the need to support the center, that message may not have been clearly articulated at the regents meeting two weeks ago. - APPLE 55:54 - 56: 21 -"In order to meet that designation,we are going to have to hire more and it's fairly significant and that shortfall is going to grow from ten to 15 million dollars," - APPLE 56:46- 5657 - "I am not happy about where we are at now because ultimately that shortfall, if it's not fixed by some legislative change, is going to fall on my students" Today the UH dean of the medical school Jerris Hedges stressed the need to correct an impression that Manoa's hiring freeze was paying for the Cancer Center. In a memo circulated among deans and directors today he wrote: "The rest of UH Manoa has not been asked to bear the cost for operations of the UH Cancer Center," Lassner was to meet with at least one lawmaker today to try and explain what's happening behind the scenes. Next week he has scheduled meetings with the faculty senate executve team and student groups--who have come out in support of retaining Apple. Back to you, Ashley Kenny?