UH Board of Regents approves reorganization of Manoa Chancellor's Office
Board also approves 'Ahahui Koa Anuenue's proposal to generate more income for UH Manoa athleticsUniversity of Hawaiʻi
HONOLULU — At its monthly meeting held yesterday at Honolulu Community College, the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents (BOR) approved the reorganization of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Chancellor‘s Office.
The reorganization, which will be implemented in three phases, reduces the number of authorized Vice Chancellors from five to four — Academic Affairs; for Research and Graduate Education; for Students; and for Administration, Finance and Operations. It condenses most academic decision-making and services into one reporting line to insure better policy formulation and program and policy implementation. Nearly all schools and colleges and organized research units will now report directly through the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs or the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, reducing the Chancellor‘s direct reports from over 30 to fewer than 10.
"The reorganization sets out a roadmap for staffing the Chancellor‘s office, and in so doing prepares the Mānoa campus, from a sounder structural base, to focus its attention more directly and productively on student success, academic excellence, research prominence, and fiscal responsibility," said UH President David McClain.
Board of Regents Chairperson, Patricia Lee said, "The Board‘s support for this initiative recognizes the needs of the Mānoa campus to operate more efficiently, and reflects our expectation that Mānoa will continue to use its resources and expertise in support of the other nine campuses in the broader UH System."
"Mānoa is a growing campus with expanding needs, we have seen substantial increases in our student body and research enterprise," said Mānoa Chancellor Peter Englert. "We must invest in an infrastructure to be able to offer the more sophisticated management and support of both the teaching and research programming."
In other action, the BOR unanimously approved the preferred seating and premium season ticket prices plan proposed by ʻAhahui Koa Anuenue (AKA), the booster club which provides scholarships and other support activities for all athletic programs on the Mānoa campus. The plan will be in effect for the 2005-2008 seasons and is expected to generate additional revenues of $5 million to support the costs of recruitment and athletic scholarships for all sports at Mānoa. The plan is also a key element in the athletic department‘s plan to reach the financial goals outlined in its 2004 five year plan.
The BOR also approved the establishment of an Associate in Science degree in Interpreting with a concentration in American Sign Language Educational Interpreting at Kapiʻolani Community College. The new A.S. degree will prepare students as interpreters for the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Education to work with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing in K-12 classroom settings. It has been designed to assist the State in meeting the provisions of the Felix Consent Decree as well as the "No Child Left Behind" Act recently signed to law by President Bush.