To the Editor:
As the Honolulu Star-Bulletin reported on August 13, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa regrets that budget reductions necessitate the closure of our Ombuds Office. We wish to clarify that UHM had intended to continue the efforts of the Ombuds Office after Neal Milner's departure. Had the budgetary issues not arisen, it was anticipated that Susan Park, who currently serves as the UHM Ombuds, would have taken leadership of the Office. Unfortunately, as we have stated, current fiscal realities facing UH Mānoa limit our abilities to support the program.
Virginia S. Hinshaw
UH Mānoa Chancellor
(Via email from Gregg Takayama, UH Manoa Director of Community and Government Affairs.)
Prior post: Budget Cuts Force Closure of University of Hawaii Ombuds Office.