UH chancellor confirms firing


HONOLULU (AP) — The chancellor of the University of Hawaii’s Manoa campus said he has been fired after two years on the job.

Tom Apple told reporters in an email that he received a termination letter Wednesday from UH President David Lassner for alleged unsatisfactory job performance.

Apple was hired in May 2012 at an annual salary of about $439,000. Former UH President M.R.C. Greenwood recommended he be appointed to a five-year term subject to annual performance evaluations.

“The community has a right to know from the horse’s mouth, rather than wondering what happened,” Apple wrote.

He provided Lassner with a rebuttal of the allegations, Apple said.

“I believe I have done my job to the best of my ability and in service to the true needs of this institution,” he said in a statement released by his lawyer Jerry Hiatt.

According to a settlement agreement released by Hiatt, Apple will be reassigned as a tenured chemistry professor at an annual salary of $299,000 effective Sept. 1. The settlement also includes a $100,000 payout.

“Though I have been forced out of my post as chancellor, I remain willing to serve the university,” Apple said.

 

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