Briefing Addresses Oversight, Accountability, and Transparency at the UH System

Honolulu — The Senate Special Committee on Accountability continued its informational briefing today on the oversight, accountability, and transparency of the operational and financial management of the University of Hawaii System, including but not limited to the University of Hawaii’s Athletics Department. Today’s briefing was the second in a series of meetings. A previous meeting was held on September 24.

Attorney Jeffrey Harris (Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington, Harris), University of Hawaii Chancellor Tom Apple, Stan Sheriff Center Manager Rich Sheriff, former University of Hawaii Athletics Director Jim Donovan, University of Hawaii Board of Regents Vice Chairs James Lee and Carl Carlson and University of Hawaii Board of Regent Coralie Matayoshi testified before the committee.

The timeline leading to the failed Stevie Wonder concert, contracts with various law firms hired by the University of Hawaii, public relations staff and contracts, the creation of a director of external affairs and community relations position under the UH Manoa Chancellor’s office, as well as the University of Hawaii Board of Regents’ policies were among the issues discussed.

Through these briefings, I’m glad that we were able to shed some light on many concerns with UH, but there are still many unanswered questions. I am hopeful that these hearings will result in more transparency and accountability from the University. I am optimistic that if positive changes occur quickly, they will begin to regain the public’s confidence and trust,” said Senator Donna Mercado Kim, chair of the Senate Special Committee on Accountability.