The Buzzards in the Halls
Sightings from The Catbird Seat
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June 3, 2009
Greenwood now only candidate for
University of Hawaii president
By Loren Moreno, Advertiser Education Writer
M.R.C. Greenwood, a former provost of the University of California system whose administrative career ended amid an ethics investigation, will probably become the University of Hawai'i's next president.
Greenwood was one of two finalists until yesterday when the other, Robert Jones, withdrew his name. Jones, a senior vice president at the University of Minnesota, said he concluded the UH job was "not a good time or fit" for him.
The UH Board of Regents plans to meet tomorrow to decide what to do, but it's unlikely they will choose to start the search over, said chairman Al Landon.
"We have one highly qualified candidate remaining," Landon said.
Donna Tanoue, chairwoman of the UH Advisory Presidential Selection Committee, said the committee continues to recommend that Greenwood be given full consideration.
"She has a truly exceptional record as an academic leader," Tanoue said.
She said Greenwood is a member of the Institute of Medicine, whose members are elected for their professional achievement. Greenwood has served for six years on the National Science Board — the governing body of the U.S. National Science Foundation — whose members are appointed by the president on the basis of their pre-eminence in research education and science.
Greenwood resigned from her post as UC system provost after only two years amid allegations of favoritism and an investigation of her involvement in the promotion of a friend and business partner, UC-Santa Cruz Vice Provost Lynda Goff.
In a 23-page report to the UH Board of Regents on Friday, the selection committee outlined the due diligence that was conducted that led up to the selection of Greenwood as a final candidate.
The report outlines interviews conducted with two former chairmen and members of the UC Board of Regents, two former presidents of the UC system, the former UC general counsel, and other officials who had knowledge of Greenwood's resignation as provost.
"Based on our due diligence and our interviews of knowledgeable people in California and other states, and of Dr. Greenwood herself, we are confident in our selection of Dr. Greenwood as a finalist candidate," the report reads.
One such interview was conducted with Robert Dynes, the president of the UC system and Greenwood's supervisor at the time of her resignation.
"Dynes made it clear that he did not fire Dr. Greenwood, nor did he ask for her resignation or pressure her to resign. ... At the time and still today, Dr. Dynes thought Dr. Greenwood made a mistake with respect to the Goff matter, but did not think the mistake was a 'big deal,' " the report reads.
Greenwood, an expert on obesity and diabetes, is currently director of the Foods for Health Initiative at the University of California-Davis. She was chancellor at UC-Santa Cruz from 1996 to 2004 then appointed provost, the second-highest position in the university's administration.
Her administrative career unraveled in 2005 when UC launched an investigation of her hiring practices and involvement in the promotion of Goff. The investigation was prompted by reports that Greenwood and Goff were business partners who owned rental property together.
The investigation led to Greenwood's resignation. UC's general counsel later found Greenwood violated the university's conflict-of-interest policy by participating in the hiring and promotion of her business partner, regardless of her qualifications for the jobs. The investigation also said she should have recused herself from the hiring of her friend.
No local finalists
For the past several weeks, the UH presidential selection committee faced criticism by the UH faculty union and lawmakers about the search process and Greenwood's candidacy.
Last month, six state senators criticized the UH Board of Regents for the lack of final candidates with local ties. In a letter to the regents, the senators urged the regents to delay a decision until a local candidate is included.
The search committee's final report said the top 14 candidates included three who were Hawai'i residents and a fourth with "strong family ties to Hawai'i."
Before the top 14 were selected, executive search firm Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates contacted more than 500 candidates for the top UH job. The committee also considered 90 nominees and 78 applicants.
a public process
Sen. Norman Sakamoto, who was not among the senators who signed the letter, said he believes the open nature of the UH presidential search may have limited good candidates from seeking the job.
"The regents should re-analyze the transparency of the whole process," Sakamoto said.
Jones, the candidate from the University of Minnesota, was the second finalist in less than a month to remove his name from consideration. On May 6, a third finalist whose name was never released withdrew, in part because of concerns about participating in a public search process.
Landon, chairman of the regents, said he began discussions about possible terms of employment with both Jones and Greenwood over the weekend. By Monday, Jones had communicated with Landon that he may no longer seek the job. In an e-mail yesterday morning, Jones confirmed that he indeed would be withdrawing his name from consideration.
"He said it doesn't seem like this is the right time and fit for him," Landon said.
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November 5, 2005
No.2 official at UC quits suddenly
University probes possibility of favoritism in hiring of friend and son of provost
Todd Wallack and Tanya Schevitz, Chronicle Staff Writers
The University of California's second-in-command, Provost M.R.C. Greenwood, abruptly resigned Friday, and another senior administrator was placed on leave after the college system launched an investigation into possible favoritism in hiring.
University officials said the conflict-of-interest inquiry had been opened after The Chronicle, in the course of researching an article, posed questions about the hiring of two people with ties to Greenwood -- her son as well as a friend with whom she owned rental property.
According to UC President Robert Dynes, the university is investigating the possibility of impropriety in Greenwood's decision last year to promote her friend, UC Santa Cruz Vice Provost Lynda Goff, to jobs at UC's headquarters in Oakland. Goff, 56, was first hired as a faculty associate and then as director of UC's new science and math initiative, which carries a salary of $192,100. In addition to being friends, Greenwood and Goff owned rental property together in Davis at the time.
"It appears that Provost Greenwood may have been involved in Dr. Goff's hiring to a greater extent than was appropriate, given her business relationship with Dr. Goff,'' said Dynes in a written statement.
Repeated attempts to reach Greenwood and Goff for comment were unsuccessful.
Dynes said he had accepted Greenwood's resignation Friday, a few days after The Chronicle asked UC officials for information about her financial relationship with Goff and her role in Goff's hiring. UC said it was unaware that the pair had jointly owned income property until informed by The Chronicle earlier this week.
In addition, UC is looking into whether one of Greenwood's subordinates, Winston Doby, did anything improper to help Greenwood's son, James Greenwood, land a job in August as a paid senior intern at UC's new campus in Merced. The one-year position includes a $45,000 salary. UC said it had placed Doby, vice president of student affairs, on paid leave pending the completion of the investigation.
"Let me stress there is no presumption of wrongdoing and that the university expects to complete its review of these matters shortly,'' Dynes said.
The Chronicle filed a request with UC on Oct. 25 for information about James Greenwood's hiring at the Merced campus, a request the university responded to Friday after announcing its investigation.
Neither Doby nor James Greenwood could be reached for comment.
Friday's developments were particularly stunning because Greenwood, 62, had been highly regarded in her 16 years with UC. She served as chancellor of UC Santa Cruz for eight years before being promoted in February 2004 to UC provost, overseeing the entire 10-campus system and serving as UC's No. 2 administrator.
"This will be a real blow,'' said Patrick Callan, president of the nonprofit National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. "No senior person has gone down for this sort of thing for a long time."
Callan said the resignation should be a wakeup call for the university to take a harder look at itself in the future.
"We should not have to rely on the press to keep these situations from arising,'' he said.
Greenwood, a nationally recognized leader in science and higher education policy, was credited with revitalizing the UC Santa Cruz campus and expanding its programs. She has also held other high-profile positions, including working as a director for science in former President Bill Clinton's Office of Science Technology Policy. She once headed Vassar College's department of biology and served in several positions at UC Davis before moving to UC Santa Cruz.
Dynes said Greenwood, who remains a member of UC's faculty, planned to return to teaching. Greenwood has the option to return to UC Davis, where she taught earlier, but UC spokesman Michael Reese said the details, including her new salary, hadn't been determined.
"I'm deeply saddened,'' said Cliff Brunk, chair of UC's Academic Senate, which represents faculty. "She was an outstanding chancellor at the Santa Cruz campus, and she has been an outstanding provost."
Brunk said Greenwood is a "principled individual" who probably had committed an oversight.
Separately, Brunk also said that Doby, 65, is highly regarded within the UC system. Before moving to the UC president's office in Oakland, Doby worked for three decades at UCLA, including serving as a vice chancellor for student affairs. UC leaders have credited him with improving educational opportunities for students of all backgrounds. He co-founded the Los Angeles-based Young Black Scholars Program, which helps prepare students for college.
Dynes appointed Wyatt Hume, executive vice provost, to fill in for both Greenwood and Doby temporarily.
Despite the cloud over Goff's promotion, Dynes said the investigation should not reflect poorly on her. "This involves only the appropriateness of Provost Greenwood's role in her hiring," he said.
Similarly, Dynes said UC was not questioning James Greenwood's job performance at UC Merced, "where he is reportedly making a valuable contribution."
This is not the first time Greenwood has faced controversy. Some regents objected last year when she was hired as provost with a salary of $380,000 -- nearly $100,000 more than her predecessor.
At the time, Dynes argued she needed the higher salary to cover the cost of buying a home near UC's headquarters in downtown Oakland. Like other UC chancellors, Greenwood previously received free housing on campus.
In addition, her total compensation turned out to be higher than was publicly announced at the time, The Chronicle has learned. In addition to her salary, UC gave her a $125,000 relocation incentive to move the 70 miles from Santa Cruz to Oakland. That was in addition to $17,950 for temporary housing, $9,527 for moving expenses and a low-interest loan to buy a condo in Oakland.
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SEARCHING FOR THE BUZZARDS IN THE HALLS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII
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June 7, 2008
UH releases full bowl travel list
Rep. Hirono, husband among party
on UH charter to New Orleans
Officials sorry for not releasing list sooner
By Rick Daysog, Honolulu Advertiser
Congresswoman Mazie Hirono and her husband, Leighton Oshima, were among the dozens of people who flew on a University of Hawai'i charter jet to the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.
UH officials yesterday released the full list of more than 580 people in the official Sugar Bowl travel party.
The full list included the names of at least 45 people that the university previously blacked out due to concerns raised by the public-employees union, the Hawai'i Government Employees Association.
The university also revealed the names of 30 other participants — including Associate Athletic Director Carl Clapp and five members of his family — who were previously left off the list because they reimbursed the school for the travel. The university had earlier promised participants that their names would not be released publicly if they reimbursed the school.
"They should have disclosed this (list) from day one," said UH Regent Kitty Lagareta. "I don't see why it was so top secret."
The Advertiser sued the university on May 23, seeking the full list of the official UH Sugar Bowl travel party, which cost state taxpayers an estimated $2 million.
The university released a redacted version of the list minutes after the lawsuit was filed and more than two months after the newspaper made its initial request for the names.
Mark Platte, senior vice president and editor of The Advertiser, welcomed the disclosure by the university but said the newspaper's review of the matter is not done.
"The Advertiser is pleased that the University of Hawai'i finally agrees with us that the official UH travel list for the Sugar Bowl is the public's business," Platte said.
"Now we can get down to investigating in what official capacity each travel guest represented the university at taxpayer expense."
UH spokesman Gregg Takayama said the school released the entire list after receiving an opinion last week from the Office of Information Practices that the university could not withhold names of people who were on the Sugar Bowl travel list.
Takayama added that university officials took some time to redact the names of children who attended the event because they felt their privacy rights should be protected.
Complicating matters, many of the vendors that provided flight and hotel accommodations did not send their bills to the university until March, he said. As a result, the exact costs for the university and members of the travel party were not available until then.
Gerald Kato, a University of Hawai'i journalism professor, called the controversy an unnecessary public relations nightmare. The names should have been disclosed early on because the trip involved state funds and the list was public record, he said.
"I'm surprised that the university dragged its feet in releasing the information," said Kato. "The worst part of this delay in releasing the information is that it makes it seem like they have something to hide."
Hirono, in a statement issued by her spokesman Marvin Buenconsejo, said she flew on the UH charter with her husband with the understanding that they would pay for the roundtrip flights later. The flights cost about $1,300 per person.
According to Takayama, Hirono and Oshima paid for the trip after the costs were calculated in March.
"I attended the event on the clear understanding that I would use my personal funds to fully pay for all of my and my husband's expenses, which I did," said Hirono in the statement.
"It was an honor to join the University of Hawai'i administration and athletic department in attending the biggest game in Hawai'i Warrior football history."
Hirono was the only political figure who flew on the UH charter. Other elected officials who attended the Sugar Bowl such as Gov. Linda Lingle and Mayor Mufi Hannemann flew to New Orleans on their own, paid for their own flights and hotel accommodations and were not part of the official travel group.
Clapp, the UH associate athletic director, also traveled to the Sugar Bowl with family members. According to records release yesterday, five members of the Clapp family were among the members of the UH party.
Clapp said earlier he paid the university for the travel of his family members but declined to disclose the costs.
According to Takayama, Clapp's reimbursement presumably occurred after March since the costs for the airfare and other travel costs were not available until then.
The issue of who was included in the Sugar Bowl guest list is now the subject of a review by the state Ethics Commission.
Dan Mollway, the commission's executive director, declined comment on his agency's inquiries since the matter is pending.
But in comments on Thursday, Mollway noted that his office is looking into whether state employees received "unwarranted advantages or special treatments" when they received free travel and hotel accommodations to attend the New Year's day bowl game.
Violations of ethics laws could result in fines of up to $500 for each offense.
"From my perspective, disclosing the names is just part of the equation," added state Rep. Mark Takai, D-34th (Newtown, Waiau, Pearl City).
"The question that still needs to be asked is how was the $2 million spent."
The Honolulu Advertiser
March 26, 2006
UH regents cited for secrecy
A state office rules that a closed-door meeting last month
should have been open to the public
By Craig Gima, Star-Bulletin
Most of a closed-door University of Hawaii Board of Regents meeting last month should have been open to the public, the state Office of Information Practices said in an opinion this month.
The Honolulu Star-Bulletin and UH journalism professor Bev Keever requested the opinion on whether the regents violated the Sunshine Law after they posted a vague notice of the Feb. 9 meeting to consider "the university's powers, duties, privileges, immunities and liabilities with respect to financial issues."
In a Feb. 21 letter to OIP, UH General Counsel Walter Kirimitsu said the meeting was held to brief the regents about the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which established new standards for accountability for corporate officers and board directors.
To understand the full extent of their duties, Kirimitsu said, the regents needed to be aware of the budget and finance system, structure and practices of the university.
However, OIP said the exemptions to the open meetings law should be "strictly construed" so briefings on how the university is run and general advice on Sarbanes-Oxley should have been in public session. Only advice and discussion on specific legal issues can be held in executive session, OIP attorney Jennifer Brooks wrote.
Keever said she stood outside the door during the four-hour meeting and watched through a window as the university's chief financial officer, Howard Toto, presented a series of computer-generated slides, but she was not allowed to hear the discussion.
From what she could tell, "this would have been an interesting and informative discussion for all sorts of people," who are interested in learning how the university is run, she said.
"They (the regents and university lawyers) should realize we're in the information age," Keever said.
"It's the wrong attitude," she added. "They (government officials) should assume the public is interested and wants to be informed."
Kirimitsu said last week that he believes that his general legal advice to the regents on how to best comply with Sarbanes-Oxley is protected by attorney/client privilege and it would have been difficult to separate out the legal advice from the briefing given to the regents....
"I don't think the opinion is wrong, but I don't think it applied to the actual situation and facts of our meeting," Kirimitsu said.
Regents Chairwoman Kitty Lagareta said, "We're all a little surprised by this one. It was a legal briefing on Sarbanes-Oxley and the financial risk issues that I think the regents need to understand.
"We made no decision (during the meeting)," she said, adding that the Sunshine Law does allow for executive session for legal and personnel matters. "There must be reasons where it is better to do it in closed session," she said.
Keever agreed that a portion of the meeting dealing with specific legal advice can be closed.
However, she said, "you can't close 95 percent of the meeting for just a very brief period for which that exemption is really in force."
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October 16, 2004
Details emerge on
UH public relations
deal in Dobelle ouster
A consultant was paid $275 an hour
for legal advice and strategies
By Craig Gima, Star-Bulletin
A law firm hired by the University of Hawaii Board of Regents released a partial list of services provided by a public relations consultant that led to an $89,743 bill in connection with the dismissal of former UH President Evan Dobelle.
Rick Zwern, a former boss of Board of Regents Vice-Chairwoman Kitty Lagareta, billed at a rate of $275 an hour for 294 hours of work between June 25 and Aug. 10. The rest of the bill went for taxes and expenses....
"All I know is, it's lower than my rate," said attorney Bill McCorriston, who hired Zwern after consulting with the regents and who charged the university $350 an hour for his legal services....
"I think it's consistent with top-rate public relations services. It's certainly not out of line," he said....
Zwern, who is also international training director for the public relations firm of Hill & Knowlton, also billed for work with Jim Jennings, a former Hill & Knowlton executive and former executive vice president of America's Promise, the national youth development organization begun by Colin Powell and current and former U.S. presidents in 1997.
The full bill for Zwern's and Jennings' services was not released.
In a written statement, McCorriston said that much of Zwern's services was related to his legal work for the university, which is protected from disclosure by attorney-client privilege.
The list released yesterday is for public relations activities for non-legal matters, McCorriston said.
The list includes media coverage review, research, developing communications strategy, drafting potential news media statements and planning and review for the release of documents after an OIP opinion that the public should have access to many of the documents and meeting minutes that led to Dobelle's dismissal.
He said Zwern consulted on public relations strategies for UH on Dobelle and the transition to a new president. Zwern also coordinated news media inquiries and managed public communications from the university regarding the mediation efforts, potential litigation, the settlement and Office of Information Practices issues.
Lagareta has said that while she participated in the discussion over hiring Zwern during a June 15 board meeting, she did not make the final decision and disclosed her relationship with him.
Zwern was a co-owner of Communications Pacific when Lagareta was hired in the late 1980s. Zwern and his partner sold the company in 1993 to Hill & Knowlton, and Lagareta and her partner bought the firm from Hill & Knowlton in 1998.
Lagareta said she hires Zwern as a vendor to provide training services at Communications Pacific. But she said Zwern has not had a financial interest in the company since 1994.
University general counsel Walter Kirimitsu also said he does not see a conflict since McCorriston hired Zwern and there is no financial relationship between Lagareta and Zwern.
December 31, 2005
Audit Slams UH Budget
By Mary Vorsino, Honolulu Star-Bulletin
The University of Hawaii at Manoa’s $300 million operating budget is underscrutinized, providing little confidence that funds are managed adequately and impeding the”efficient and effective use of resources,” a state audit released yesterday says.
“In the course of our audit, we identified issues within the budget process ... that do not fully ensure fiscal accountability,” state Auditor Marion Higa wrote in the report.
“At Manoa, these issues include an unsubstantiated base operating budget and a budget request that is not justified to the Legislature. Further, the campus does not have a formal mechanism for monitoring program use of general and tuition funds, resulting in little assurance that the campus has an adequate understanding of its fiscal condition.”
The audit also criticized the university’s “cost per student” calculation, which UH officials used to justify a 140 percent tuition increase approved by the Board of Regents in May.
Higa contended the formula has “limited value for decision-making” and is “reported without regard for its reliability and accuracy.”
In a 17-page response sent to Higa on Dec. 19, interim UH President David McClain rebuffed many of the audit’s conclusions and said he was “concerned with the quality of work reflected” in the report.
“After all the effort that went into this audit and the ensuing discussion at the exit conference,” McClain said in a news release issued yesterday, “we’re frankly puzzled as to how and why these distortions of our intentions remained in the final version.”
McClain also said that “while we do not concur with a number of the findings and conclusions in the report, we do agree there is room for improvement.”...
The state Legislature asked for the financial audit of UH-Manoa in the last session. It was conducted between June and October....
In the audit, Higa said UH-Manoa bases the bulk of its budget requests on previous budgets, focusing attention on additions or deletions – program change requests and workload increases – rather than the performance of programs funded in the past.
In this fiscal year, for example, only about $13 million of the nearly $200 million in state funds that UH-Manoa received from the state Legislature “required justification.”
“Thus, a significant portion of the funds requested avoids scrutiny,” the audit says. “No information is provided on what was accomplished with this money in the previous year or what is expected to be accomplished with this money in the current year.”
The audit also said “tax controls” could lead to inappropriate use of tuition funds. In fiscal 2005, UH-Manoa got about $100 million in tuition revenues. Under state law, that money can be used only to “maintain or improve the university’s programs or operations.”
The university’s guidelines for spending tuition funds were drafted in 2003 but have yet to be implemented, the audit said.
October 1, 2004
UH sees no conflict of interest
with PR contract
By Craig Gima, Star-Bulletin
University of Hawaii regents awarded a nearly $90,000 public-relations contract to a former boss of board Vice Chairwoman Kitty Lagareta during this summer's dispute over then-UH President Evan Dobelle's dismissal.
The contract went to consultant Rick Zwern, who was a co-owner of Communications Pacific Inc. when Lagareta worked for the firm early in her career.
Lagareta said that while she had a say in the hiring of Zwern, she did not make the final decision, and university lawyers agreed that there was no conflict of interest.
"Rick has had no financial interest in Communications Pacific since 1994," Lagareta said, noting that he was not an owner when she purchased the firm in 1998.
Zwern sold Communications Pacific to Hill & Knowlton in 1993. Lagareta and current company President Al Hoffman bought the company from Hill & Knowlton.
Lagareta, who is the firm's chairwoman and chief executive, said the regents decided in June that they needed professional public relations help with the dispute. She said she participated in the discussion about several consultants, including Zwern, with regents' attorney Bill McCorriston. McCorriston made the final decision on which firm to hire.
McCorriston said he selected Zwern because he was familiar with his work. "He gave me my original media training," he said.
He added that Board of Regents Chairwoman Pat Lee approved the decision.
Lagareta said she disclosed her relationship with Zwern to the other regents.
UH Vice President and General Counsel Walter Kirimitsu said he did not see a conflict with Zwern's relationship to Lagareta because there was no financial interest, McCorriston did the hiring and Lagareta disclosed her relationship.
Zwern, an international training director for the public relations firm of Hill & Knowlton, bought Communications Pacific with co-owner Clifton Kagawa in the early 1980s. Lagareta was hired at that time by Kagawa, she said.
Zwern, who maintains a home in Hawaii and continues to do public relations consulting work here, also does training for Communications Pacific.
His contract with McCorriston and the regents was part of the legal bills released Sept. 23.
"It was a good value," McCorriston said. "It freed my time up," he said, noting that Zwern's hourly rate is much lower than his. McCorriston said Zwern also gave the regents advice on other matters, including transition issues.
The Board of Regents fired Dobelle on June 15. Dobelle hired his own attorneys, and after a successful mediation, the regents took back the firing and Dobelle resigned.
Dobelle got about $1.3 million in severance and salary for two years, instead of the $2.26 million called for in his contract.
Legal bills for the university and Dobelle's lawyers, who were paid by UH, totaled more than $1 million.
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September 4, 2003
Lingle picks Maui Petroleum exec and
GOP ally for UH board
By Gary T. Kubota, Honolulu Star-Bulletin
WAILUKU >> A Maui businessman who rose from an accountant to business owner on the Valley Isle and the Big Island has been appointed to the University of Hawaii's Board of Regents by Gov. Linda Lingle.
James Haynes II, a University of Hawaii graduate, was named yesterday to succeed Maui building developer Everett Dowling, who resigned to end any conflicts of interest that could hinder building a new astronomy complex on land he owns.
Haynes' appointment, which takes effect immediately, will need to be confirmed by the state Senate in the next legislative session. His selection appears to increase the influence of Lingle and the Republican Party on the 12-member Board of Regents, which can hire and fire the University of Hawaii president.
Haynes is the seventh member appointed by Lingle and the sixth with ties to Lingle and the GOP.
Lingle has criticized the fiscal performance of University President Evan Dobelle, who supported her Democratic opponent, Mazie Hirono, in last year's election.
Haynes, a part-Hawaiian and Punahou School graduate, has been a supporter of the Republican Party of Maui for decades, helping to finance political campaigns for the GOP.
Richard Tuell, a chairman of the Republican Party of Maui in the late 1980s, recalled how he would call Haynes when the GOP needed money.
"He was on my to-call list. He'd write me a check," Tuell said....
William Wilmore, a former building contractor, recalled that Haynes worked for him for three to four years as an accountant at Global Contractors on the Valley Isle in the mid-1970s....
Lingle said she came to know Haynes through his work in the community, including his service as vice president of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
He has also served as past president of the Maui Historical Society and trustee of the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii.
Lingle said she was aware Haynes was a graduate of the University of Hawaii and had expressed an interest in helping the institution....
"Jim's ongoing efforts to improve Hawaii, whether through enhancing the business climate or being actively involved in local community organizations, make him ideally suited to serve on the Board of Regents," Lingle said....
Haynes, president of Maui Petroleum Inc. and vice president of Hawaii Petroleum Inc., is also president of Minit Stop Stores on Maui and the Big Island.
He previously served as president of Big Island Petroleum, which merged with Hawaii Petroleum in 1998.
Haynes was also former president of Maui Disposal Co. Inc., as well as former president of JBG Corp., the parent company of McCabe, Hamilton & Renny, the state's largest stevedoring company.
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