It’s official. University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood is retiring.

Her decision to leave the university starting this September is based on “personal, health-related and family-oriented” reasons, according to a press release.

The UH Board of Regents is expected to discuss plans to replace Greenwood in the coming months, the press release says. 

Greenwood, who was hired in 2009 after a national search, plans to take an unpaid leave upon her retirement and return to her tenured faculty position after that, according to the press release.

From the press release:

“This university has accomplished an amazing amount in a rather short and extremely challenging time,” said Greenwood. “As the economy shows signs of improvement, I am proud of how well we’ve coped with the greatest recession in modern memory and serious state spending restrictions. Through the support and hard work of our faculty, staff and friends we’ve been able to accommodate the largest student enrollment in history, streamlined course availability and transfers, incurred no lost days of instruction, and maintained a very robust research portfolio.” 

Gov. Neil Abercrombie, in a statement released shortly after Greenwood’s announcement, said that he would be contacting the Board of Regents and broader university community “as we chart our next steps.”

University of Hawaii Professional Assembly President David Duffy said that the faculty union understands and respects “her decision to make her health and spending time with family priorities for the upcoming year.”

“We look forward to helping state and university leaders manage a smooth transition and the selection of a new president,” Duffy wrote.


Photo courtesy of UH

— Alia Wong