The Manoa chancellor was in and out of his office for meetings all day Monday.
His attorney, Jerry Hiatt told KITV that Tom Apple, has not been terminated even though several sources say he has been told by the University of Hawaii president he is about to be removed.
The Chancellor was hired at an annual salary of $439 thousand dollars and is two years into a five-year-agreement.
Apple did tell reporters, he wants very much to stay on the job.
"We have a lot to do here at Manoa. Yes, I would like to stay.” Apple said.
But Apple would not say if UH President David Lassner has given him a timeline.
Across campus shock waves are reverberating about the uncertainty swirling around the hiring freeze announced by Apple, and now his future.
The new semester starts next month and there are fears that scores of classes could be canceled if lecturers are not rehired.
"If it's in courses especially advanced courses that students need to graduate the results could be rather devastating” said Steven O’Harrow.
O’Harrow's program of South East Asian Studies, the largest program in the country is also in a tough spot.
It may not hear back on approvals for much-needed federal funding for a month and a half.
"We are keeping our fingers crossed and if we don’t get the grant and there is a hiring freeze, we are going to be sitting in our offices looking out the window counting paper clips," O’ Harrow said.
Students are understandably worried. Is the chancellor in or out, is the freeze on, or off?
"I am concerned about the students about to graduate and aren’t able to take the courses that are required to get their degrees.
It be very disappointing for them, especially for those who want to
hurry up and get their degrees," said UH senior Pua Tinalino-Vasques.
Dan Seo is a new student who just arrived in the islands this weekend.
He's wondering how a freeze will affect his degree in Korean language.
"I am a transfer student here for an ROTC program. I kind of need the Korean lecturers to be there in order for me to progress in the program," Seo said.
UH said Monday that it is working to get information out about what programs will be affected.
It did add however, that the deans have been instructed to retain all classed needed for graduation.
One lawmaker who has butted heads with Chancellor Apple in the past, is now coming to his defense.
"It's tough being chancellor of Manoa. From my perspective, the chancellor has done pretty well the last couple of years. If there is going to be a change, my main concern is stability and leadership going forward," said Rep. Mark Takai.
Bob Cooney, with the UH Faculty Senate, said the executive team gathered for a regularly scheduled meeting Monday afternoon and plans to announce their support for Chancellor Apple.
Several faculty members have told KITV that there is a move underway to get a no-confidence vote from deans who do not support Apple, but so far, nothing has been announced.