Rumors are confirmed. Tom Apple is out as the University of Hawaii, Manoa chancellor.
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Two administrators at the campus and an additional source confirmed his removal. All three sources have asked that their identities not be revealed.
Apple has been chancellor of University of Hawaii, Manoa since 2012. He entered his position during a rocky school year. That included the Stevie Wonder Blunder. UH was scammed out of a $200,000 deposit for the concert that turned out to be fake. As well as the ouster of then athletic director Jim Donovan.
"There's been a series of issues beginning with the concert, the athletic director and so on and so forth that have plagued him since the moment he stepped on campus," said J.N. Musto.
Musto is the executive director of the UH Professional Assembly, the bargaining agent for all faculty members and Apple's friend. He says because of systemic problems within the university the chancellor didn't have a chance from the start. To him, it's no surprise that Apple is being ousted.
"I think it's playing out a decision that was made probably last winter or spring and I think what it took was the appointment of Lassner as president before he felt he was in a place where decision could be made," said Musto.
Since the start of his tenure Apple has had a tumultuous relationship with some department deans. That includes the director of the UH Cancer Center Dr. Michele Carbone.
"I personally believe that the motivating factor for his dismissal is what happened at the cancer center and his attempt as chancellor to replace Carbone as the director," said Musto.
Apple recently said the UH Cancer Center is facing a significant shortfall of more than $10 million.
In a statement released on Sunday, Dr. Carbone said, "The UH Cancer Center is not responsible for any of the annual UH shortfall recently described by Chancellor Apple."
He also said, "I remain committed to working with President Lassner and the people of Hawaii."
Efforts to get comments from Apple and the Board of Regents were unsuccessful. The university would not confirm his firing but released a statement in part saying: "Tom Apple is the Chancellor of UH Manoa and President Lassner continues to work with him to address the challenges facing UH Manoa."