Former University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood announced today that she plans to retire at the end of this month.

Greenwood, who resigned from the presidency in August 2013, a year before her contract was set to expire, has been on unpaid leave from her School of Medicine faculty position since then.

Greenwood had indicated upon her resignation that she intended to resume her professorship at the medical school, but in a statement today she said that she’s decided to pursue her writing and policy interests on the mainland.


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The latter part of her leadership was marred with controversy, including the notorious Wonder Blunder scandal and ensuing tensions with the Legislature.

Board of Regents Chairman John Holzman commended Greenwood’s presidency, pointing to her efforts to boost enrollment, develop the university’s Cancer Center and establish the UH West Oahu campus, among other accomplishments.

David Lassner, whom regents selected last week as the university’s newest president, cited Greenwood’s graduation initiative and focus on bringing in outside research funding.

“While M.R.C. will not be with us in the islands, I know she will be looking after Hawaii’s interests in her continuing work at the national level,” he said in a statement.

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