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January 2012

Coach Chow, Kuali and PACOM

New head football Coach Norm Chow hit a “home run” in his first speaking engagement to the Downtown Athletic Club, attended by an overflow audience at Executive Centre.

The Kuali Financial System project continues on schedule with go-live planned in July 2012. Interfaces for payroll and purchasing will be completed by the end of January, and the contract and grant billing module is being adapted. Integration test cycles are planned in the coming four months, and a training plan is being created.

Governor Abercrombie and Admiral Willard have agreed to expand efforts to involve the state in sustainability and resilience interests shared by the university and the U.S. Pacific Command, or PACOM. We had the signing ceremony for the memorandum-of-understanding on a public-private partnership to prepare for disasters in the Asia-Pacific region in November. UH is identifying partners in the PACOM initiative with an anticipated visit from Tohoku University officials from Sendai, Japan.

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Legislative update

The university’s budget briefings with the Senate Ways and Means Committee and the House Finance Committee were held January 10, one day before opening day of the 2012 Hawai‘i legislative session.

Regents approved the supplemental budget request with the understanding that it should align to support our three key initiatives, given the progress made to date. It requests $5 million in general funds to support the operating budgets for the following key projects:

  • $700,000 for statewide Institutionalization of Na Pua No‘eau that builds greater academic capacity for Hawai‘i K–12 Native Hawaiian students and builds their readiness for college.
  • $1.3 million for the Office of Mauna Kea Management, which oversees the comprehensive management plan and prepares reports to the Board of Land and Natural Resources.
  • $900,000 to address critical workforce needs at UH West O‘ahu due to the opening of our new facilities and additional programs.
  • $600,000 to address workforce support for facility management and the implementation to reduce maintenance backlog.
  • $500,000 to establish a UH engineering consortium to coordinate efforts to meet statewide workforce needs.
  • $1 million to establish a UH innovations and technology transfer program.

The Board of Regents has also endorsed a request for $10 million in performance based funding. While it was not included in the executive budget request, the regents remain committed to the idea that a portion of the university’s operating budget should be based on graduation and transfer outcomes.