The 2011 Legislative Session is in full gear and I, our system administrators and chancellors have been spending a lot of time at the capitol meeting with legislators and testifying on a number of bills that impact the university. Of the six bills in the legislative package approved by the Board of Regents, five are still moving.
Of special concern to us are House and Senate bills that would reverse our financial flexibility by repealing the University of Hawaii’s special and revolving funds. Both bills have been deferred, but that does not mean that we’re in the clear yet. We will continue to stay vigilant and do all we can to preserve the university’s funding and flexibility.
Earlier this week, Gov. Abercrombie presented his draft state budget to legislators. It proposes giving UH only part of what we asked for. We would, of course, like to receive more, but the administration has worked with UH to identify the highest priorities considering the limited resources available, and we are grateful to be treated relatively well. I have met with Gov. Abercrombie and key members of his senior staff on numerous occasions, and I will continue to do so to make sure they know and understand what the university’s needs are.
University and campus news
- Big Island projects reach milestones
- UH APEC team appointed
- New Hawaiian language facility started
- $6 million energy grant received
- Alums join Korean cabinet
- Firms support West Oahu insurance program
- Community colleges extend outreach efforts
UH System News
APEC team appointed
Planning continues for the 2011 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit that will be held in Honolulu in November. A University of Hawaii APEC Strategic Team has been appointed, with a representative from each campus designated by its chancellor.
The purpose of this team is to coordinate the university’s support efforts, facilitate networking and sharing of information about APEC throughout the community and reinforce the fact that the university is an invaluable source of knowledge and resources. Denise Konan, chair of the Manoa Department of Economics and special advisor to the UH System on APEC, is leading this effort.