The details are still seeping out after Monday’s marathon senate hearing on the University of Hawaii's botched Stevie Wonder fundraising concert.
A big chunk of Monday night’s meeting was over how, why, and when UH leadership decided to dump Jim Donovan as Athletic Director.
On Tuesday, UH administrators took another step away from a move Donovan says he'd hoped would not happen.
“I feel like I deserve more than that because of what I accomplished. I'm pretty disappointed to be honest with you,” said Donovan.
For two hours Monday night, former UH Athletic Director Jim Donovan chronicled what he could recall about the now infamous Stevie Wonder fundraising concert debacle. He talked about why he saw the red flags too late, why he felt there was enough blame to spread around, and why he felt he didn't deserve to lose his job.
“It's hard when you have conflicting instructions above you in the chain of command, 180 degree conflicting instructions, but you do the best you can,” he told the committee.
But the university is pressing on. Late Tuesday afternoon, KITV4 confirmed the search advisory committee tasked to find a new athletic director met Tuesday morning, with plans to spend $90,000 hiring an executive search firm to find a new AD.
A spokesperson for the chancellor's office told KITV, to date, it has received more than 60 applications.
“I did explain to the governor that I didn't think it would work out that way,” said UH President MRC Greenwood.
She told the committee that despite their decision to remove Donovan, pressure from state lawmakers cast doubt on that decision.