UH Advisory Presidential Selection Committee Chair Tanoue encourages community to attend open forums with UH presidential candidate Dr. M.R.C. Greenwood, May 6-

University of Hawaiʻi
Carolyn Tanaka, (808) 956-9803
External Affairs & University Relations
Posted: May 4, 2009

HONOLULU — University of Hawaiʻi Advisory Presidential Selection Committee Chair Donna Tanoue sent out the following letter via email today to the UH community:

University of Hawaiʻi Students, Faculty, Staff and the Community --

I‘d like to encourage you to attend the open forums featuring our presidential candidates. It‘s a good opportunity to listen, learn and ask questions.

This week, Dr. M.R.C. Greenwood will visit the campuses. She is known nationally and internationally as a leader on science and technology policy and is an expert on higher education policy issues.

She has earned high praise from colleagues. Richard Atkinson, President Emeritus, University of California and Chancellor Emeritus, UC San Diego, said, "I consider her one of the very best of the UC chancellors that I have known. She has a natural and powerful leadership style. She listens well and is able to synthesize multiple points of view and move an institution forward. Her experience in both policy and research has made her a terrific leader in higher education. Her efforts at the systemwide office of UC are still reflected in the academic plans and science and math education programs she set in motion. Her ability to assess an organization‘s strengths and weaknesses is legendary. She brings out the best in people, knows how to hire and inspire excellent performance."

Dr. Neal Lane, Professor, Rice University, Presidential Science Advisor during the Clinton Administration and Former Director, National Science Foundation, said, "M.R.C. Greenwood is one of the smartest, best organized and most productive people I have ever had a chance to work with. Her principal goal, whatever the job, is to find out what needs to be done and make it happen. She does it not only by working hard herself, but also by building loyal teams of highly competent overachievers, who work as hard as she does. I can think of very few individuals I would be as happy working with when there are tough issues to deal with."

Dr. Martha Kanter, Chancellor, Foothill-D‘Anza Community College District and nominee for U.S. Department of Education Undersecretary, said, "As a result of Dr. Greenwood‘s vision, ability to collaborate with others, and advocacy for equity and diversity, she established innovative partnerships with the community colleges, K-12 schools, business, industry, non-profits and the philanthropic sector. These partnerships, which ultimately became national models for replication, enhanced the reputation and achievements of the University of California while they made our institutions stronger. Dr. Greenwood also possesses an unequivocal sense of ethics as she continues to inspire the best talents to emerge from the students and employees who are fortunate to benefit from her leadership."

See Dr. Greenwood‘s biography and curriculum vitae for more on her accomplishments and academic credentials.

Open forums with Dr. Greenwood are scheduled as follows:

  • Wednesday, May 6, 4:30 p.m. — Spalding Hall 155, UH Mānoa (Oʻahu)

  • Thursday, May 7, 8:30 a.m. — Campus Center Cafeteria, Kauaʻi CC (Kauaʻi)

  • Thursday, May 7, 2:30 p.m. — Pilina Student Lounge, Maui CC (Maui)

  • Friday, May 8, 9:30 a.m. — Hale Kehau Dining Room, UH Hilo (Island of Hawaiʻi)

Many thanks for your interest.

Donna Tanoue

Chair, UH Advisory Presidential Selection Committee

For more information, visit: http://www.hawaii.edu/president