The University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents held a special meeting on November 7 to review and take action on an internal audit of the UH Mānoa athletics department and an agreement that reassigned former UH Mānoa Athletics Director Jim Donovan to a new position in the Mānoa Chancellor’s Office.

The audit and attachments are available on the Board of Regents website.

Statement on management of university mission

Following the meeting, the Board of Regents announced its continued commitment to independently manage the mission of the University of Hawaiʻi.

In a statement released to the media, the board said it “welcomes the views of university stakeholders and will work cooperatively with community leaders, government officials, alumni and supporters who share the common goal of continuously improving the university’s quality of education and research reputation. The board’s autonomy will not be influenced or deterred by undue pressure from those outside or within the university system from performing its constitutional mandate.

“The last few months have been extremely trying times for our students, alumni, supporters, donors and all who have a special aloha for our university. Mistakes were made, and significant changes in policies, procedures and oversight are being implemented.

“Today we voted to affirm the administration’s reassignment of former Athletic Director Jim Donovan because we need to put this affair and its aftermath behind us. We have learned from this matter and will make sure that we have safeguards and guidelines in place so it does not happen again. The Advisory Task Group Report will provide guidance to the regents, the president and senior administration, and all of us charged with the honor of guiding the University of Hawaiʻi.

“We have much to be proud of at UH. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges issued a glowing report about the strides we have made in retention and graduation rates. The National Science Foundation ranked UH Mānoa in the top 10 percent of all research institutions. We will continue to move forward, and work with the university leadership to bring this institution to the next level of national research and academic prominence.”

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