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RESOLUTION CALLING FOR A FINANCIAL PLAN FOR THE JOHN A. BURNS SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Approve by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on September 20, 2006
52 in support; 3 against

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Resolution Calling for a Financial Plan for the John A. Burns School of Medicine

BACKGROUND STATEMENT

The Administration of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), in order to avoid deficit spending, has been given allocations of nearly $6 million more than any other Manoa program over the past four years. Despite the precarious financial situation, faculty chairs in JABSOM have been given stipends that are approximately ten times that of those received by their counterparts in other colleges and schools; JABSOM chair stipends total $300,000 annually. In addition, the Manoa Administration has allowed JABSOM to hire 28 new APT staff in Fall 2005 at an annual cost of $1.4 million in general funds. The lack of financial accountability and failure of JABSOM to live within its budget has substantially and negatively affected the budgets of other Manoa units.

In addition, the projected operational costs of JABSOM's Kaka'ako facilities, if not met by a legislative appropriation of $3 million, will have to be paid by yet another reduction in the budgets of other Manoa units. The Committee finds that there has been a clear failure by Manoa administrators to manage JABSOM's cost overruns.

RESOLUTION CALLING FOR A FINANCIAL PLAN FOR THE JOHN A. BURNS SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

WHEREAS, The Administration of the John A. Burns School of Medicine has shown a pattern of exceptionally large expenditures even in a climate of continuing deficits; and

WHEREAS, The need to avoid deficit spending at JABSOM may result in reduced resources for the other parts of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa; and

WHEREAS, The University administration has a responsibility to present a transparent and plausible financial plan and submit this to public discussion whenever special support is needed for one part of the University, possibly at the expense of others; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Manoa Faculty Senate calls upon the administration of UH Manoa to develop and implement a financial plan, including timelines, which detail how the deficits in JABSOM will be reversed; and

RESOLVED, That the administration of UH Manoa present the JABSOM financial plan to the Manoa Faculty Senate by November 30, 2006.