by David Corrigan
University of Hawai‘i System President M.R.C. Greenwood will retire in September.
Greenwood made the announcement on Monday, saying her reasons for making the decision are personal, health-related, and family oriented.
The Board of Regent Chair Eric Martinson praised Greenwood’s legacy in a media release; a legacy that includes a number of high profile projects on Hawaii Island.
Greenwood saw the UH Hilo Hawaiian Language building to its groundbreaking. Her leadership in the substantial progress of the Thirty Meter Telescope planned for the summit of Mauna Kea was noted, as was her action on the West Hawai‘i Palamanui campus of Hawaii Community College, set to break ground in late May.
Greenwood came to Hawaii in August 2009 as the university’s first female president. To that point she was an internationally known researcher and scientist, and a consultant to the White House Office of Science and Technology under President Bill Clinton.
However, her tenure hit a sour note last year when the now infamous botched Stevie Wonder concert cost the school more than $200,000, victim of an alleged scam. The Senate inquiry that followed became an inquisition into university operations. Greenwood seemed on the verge of resignation, and a letter from Greenwood’s attorney to the Board of Regents asked for a $2 million settlement for her to resign. The letter was withdrawn.
The situation shed light on what appeared to be a fallout between Greenwood and Governor Neil Abercrombie. But on Monday, Abercrombie issued a supportive statement:
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