UH faculty senate postpones no confidence vote on Greenwood

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The faculty senate at the University of Hawaii at Manoa voted Wednesday to delay a vote of no confidence against UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.

The faculty members voted 30-20 to postpone action on a motion for a no confidence vote after hearing a recommendation from the senate's Committee on Administration and Budget, which said such a motion would be premature.

The faculty also heard from a defiant Greenwood, who told the group that she was confidence that she had acted properly in what's become known as the "Wonder Blunder," the botched Stevie Wonder concert by the athletic department.

"I believe the faculty needs to consider standing with us on this decision in refusing to acquiesce to inappropriate political pressure," said Greenwood. "I have to tell you I'm personally very confident that I have done the right thing here, even though it has been at considerable cost to me and to my family."

She also said that she had "been subject to a campaign of false statements."

Greenwood spoke for about five minutes, and then left the meeting, telling reporters that she would not be doing interviews. The faculty senate then spent more than a half-hour wrestling with the language of the motion to postpone the no-confidence vote.

Even though the committee recommended delaying the no confidence vote, it said it remained "deeply troubled by the disregard of the principles of shared governance exhibited by President Greenwood." Some faculty members also said they would wait to see what the UH Board of Regents will do before pushing for the vote.

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