Shock, disappointment at news of possible ouster of UH chancellor
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Hall, where the office of the University of Hawaii's Manoa chancellor is located, was closed for the weekend, but it's been anything but quiet among the allies of Tom Apple.
"Tom Apple, by focusing on undergraduate education, created some enemies," said UH Professor Bob Cooney, who is a member of the faculty senate and was on the selection committee that chose Apple to be chancellor.
Cooney claims Apple is being forced to support spending at the UH Cancer Center, which is taking away money that could be spent on students. He also believes Apple's possible ouster is exposing a power play at the university.
"We don't really know who runs this university ,and I think that the people who do run it was trying to assert control for their own interests," he said.
"He always made it about the students. He never made it about him," said graduate Frankie Koethe. "It was always, 'What do you need? What can the chancellor do for you as a student?'"
Koethe worked closely with Apple last year, when she was vice president for the Associated Students of the University of Hawaii, the student government.
She believes students have more confidence in UH now than they did in the immediate aftermath of the botched Stevie Wonder concert, thanks to Apple.
"I think that after the Stevie Wonderful blunder, a lot of students lost hope in the campus and a lot of trust. And when Chancellor Apple came in, a lot of trust was built up.
What do they think will happen if Apple leaves the position now?
"I think by having him step down, a lot of students are going to feel concerned about where this campus is going and what's really going on in the administration," said Koethe.
Cooney was even more direct.
"I think it would be a disaster."
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