HONOLULU - Some University of Hawai’i faculty members are demanding system President David Lassner step down after last week’s $13 million budget cut fiasco at the state legislature.

At a packed Board of Regents meeting Thursday, UH professors refuted Lassner’s actions amid Senator Donna Mercado Kim’s proposal to slash 121 positions from the university.

Although faculty cuts were not approved in the budget conference committee last week, local union members tell KITV4 employees were furious after learning Lassner submitted to Senator Mercado Kim names of staff to potentially cut. 

Faculty say they learned jobs were on the line through local media rather than hearing it first through the UH administration. 

During Thursday’s meeting, Lassner apologized to faculty about failing to alert them sooner about proposed cuts. 

Lassner called the Senate’s proposal, ‘alarming.’ He added that the administration’s goal was to take a more conservative approach to cohesively work with the legislature and he didn't want to stir up unnecessary stress among faculty. 

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