UH Manoa athletics director takes on new job

Some disappointed that Donovan won't get AD job back despite cleared of wrongdoing

Published  9:21 AM HST Aug 14, 2012
Jim Donovan
HONOLULU -

The former athletics director for the University of Hawaii at Manoa was back at work on Monday after he was put on paid leave during an investigation into a Stevie Wonder concert fundraiser that never materialized.

Jim Donovan returned to UH with a change of duties.  He will now work in the Chancellor's Office earning a smaller paycheck once his current contract expires next spring.

On the Manoa campus Monday, some disappointment that Donovan won't be able to keep his job despite being cleared of wrongdoing.

UH Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple declined to talk about the results of the UH and the FBI investigation but said the university needs stronger policies.

But, there are calls for Apple reconsider Donovan's status.

"I told him now that Jim's been cleared he should be reinstated," said Rep. K. Mark Takai, who is also the president of the UH Manoa Letterwinners Club -- a group of former UH Manoa student athletes.  "There is no reason from my perspective and no reason that the university has shown to us now that he did anything wrong as athletics director."

"The investigation revealed that he was cleared of wrongdoing so it is sad that he will not be able to get his job back," said UH fan Gerald Kosaki.

UH officials did not make it clear if Rockne Freitas will continue in the interim AD position.

Rich Sheriff was also cleared of wrongdoing and was back on the job Monday as Stan Sheriff Center manager. He was also placed on paid administrative leave at the same time as Donovan.

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