Tom Apple said he has been ousted as chancellor of the University of Hawaii Manoa campus.
Apple issued a statement Wednesday night saying he was free to make the announcement.
“I am announcing that I have been forced out as Chancellor of UH Manoa. The community has the right to know from the horse’s mouth, rather than wondering what happened,” Apple said in the statement.
“I was handed a termination letter late this afternoon by (UH) President (David) Lassner, in the presence of Deb Ishii, the head of HR for UH. I asked one more time if there was any chance that he might reverse his intention to release me from the post, and was told no. I was given a deadline to accept one of two conditions under which I would leave by this evening. I am extremely disappointed about this action, as there is a lot of work left to do here at Manoa,” Apple said
Apple also released a letter to the UH from his attorney, Big Island employment lawyer Jerry Hiatt.
“My client has advised that, in the interests of his family and given the fact of his termination earlier today from his position as Chancellor by President Lassner pursuant to the memorandum of today’s date attached below, he has no choice but to accept the offer contained in your attached letter of July 29,2014. Dr Apple therefore hereby accepts that offer,” Hiatt said in the letter Wednesday.
KITV4 News first reported last weekend that Apple had been ousted.