UH Releases Athletics Investigation Report

University of Hawaiʻi
Lynne Waters, (808)956-9803
Assoc. V.P., External Affairs, University of Hawaii System
Posted: Aug 22, 2012

   The University of Hawaii Board of Regents issued the following statement today after a multi-hour closed door session.
    We apologize for the university’s handling of this matter and are deeply sorry for the concern and upset it has caused in the community. We approve the release today of the redacted report of the investigation and the key findings of the investigation. The report shows a failure of management in the Athletics Department and additional issues with financial controls at several levels.
    We ask that everyone remember that the university is the victim in this whole unfortunate incident. We have lost a significant amount of money, and could face litigation.
    We want to first emphasize our strong support for the leadership of university President MRC Greenwood and UH Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple.
     We also expect and support the public’s demand for accountability in this matter. We recognize that the concert issue was mishandled and anticipate making significant changes to procedures and oversight so that this cannot happen again.
   The Board of Regents will oversee these changes and has asked the administration to report back to the board on these plans to improve oversight and procedures.
   We are in full support of the university’s decision to move former Athletic Director Jim Donovan to the UH Manoa Chancellor’s office and affirm President Greenwood and Chancellor Apple’s actions in this personnel change. We concur that Jim’s service in this new role will be a suitable and appropriate use of his talents and we look forward to his future contributions to the university.
   We are entrusted and committed to improving and growing the University of Hawaii.