New acting Manoa chancellor talks with faculty, studentsUPDATED 9:03 AM HST Sep 03, 2014Video Transcript
The new acting chancellor of the University of Hawaii intends to relax the hiring freeze at the mAnoa campus next spring. Robert Bley-Vroman told faculty and students today-- the freeze that former Chancellor Tom Apple instituted this summer was necessary. Bley-Vroman STRESSED that in the last four years, the carryover account for the U-H Manoa campus has gone from 110 million, down to 30 million dollars. He says he intends to reinstate an annual budget review for all deans as part of this plan. ROBERT BLEY- VROMAN - 51:58- 52: 21 - "WE HAVE A FREEZE ON LECTURERS AND GRADUATE ASSISTANTS HIRING AND STUDENT-HELP THAT MADE IT DIFFICULT TO GET EVERYTHING DONE BEFORE THE SEMESETER STARTED. I THINK IT WAS NECESSARY BECAUSE WE HAD TO TAKE ACTION QUICKLY.NOW WE HAVE A LITTLE MORE TIME AND WE CAN HAVE A MORE RELAZED APPROACH TO HOW THAT WORKS," The scrambling to deal with the freeze caused The scrambling to deal with the freeze caused lots of angst with the fall semester beginning just last week. But the chancellor says he has tried to minimize the effect on students by manipulating schedules, increasing class size and workload on faculty. Bley -Vroman, previously served as Dean of the College of Language--- Linguistics---and Literature.