Senate looking for answers from UH on concert fiasco

First accountability hearing held

 UPDATED 9:03 AM HST Sep 25, 2012
HONOLULU -

University of Hawaii leaders were in the hot seat at a Senate hearing on Monday.

Lawmakers looked at the accountability of the Athletics Department as well as the leadership of the school.

Early on in the marathon meeting, U.H. President M.R.C. Greenwood was defensive over the removal of Jim Donovan as Athletic Director.

"This is personal, I wish you wouldn't make this public," said Greenwood.

But that is exactly why Senators held the meeting. They felt there wasn't enough transparency over what has been going on.

"Put it out in the open. Let people know you are not hiding anything," said Senator Donna Mercado Kim.

The announcement of Donovan's reassignment from the Athletics Department came during the Stevie Wonder concert fiasco,  an event Donovan had originally approved. University leaders then faced pressure to reinstate him from the public and lawmakers.

"I was told in the Governor's office that the President of the Senate and the House Speaker had been contacted by their constituents because they were concerned of what was going on, and there was a strong preference to put Donovan back in the Athletic Director's position," said Greenwood.

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