HONOLULU (AP) - University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood says the school created a $200,000-a year position for former athletic director Jim Donovan because of pressure to reinstate him and a threat by Donovan's lawyer to sue.
Greenwood spoke at a special state Senate committee hearing on botched athletic department plans to hold a Stevie Wonder benefit concert.
She says Gov. Neil Abercrombie didn't tell her what to do about Donovan, who was on leave during an investigation into the concert.
But she says the governor advised her that the Senate president and House speaker had conveyed constituent concerns to him, and reinstating Donovan was the best action.
Abercrombie issued a statement after Greenwood spoke saying he clearly told the UH president his sole concern was fairness and even-handedness.
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