Donovan to return to university duty

University of Hawaiʻi
Lynne Waters, (808) 956-9803
Associate V.P. for External Affairs, University of Hawaii System
Posted: Aug 12, 2012

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) has learned that the internal investigation
into the cancelled Stevie Wonder concert will show that there was no wrongdoing on the part
of Athletics Director Jim Donovan, who was put on paid administrative leave on July 11, 2012
while the investigation took place. The final written report is still being prepared.

UHM Chancellor Tom Apple and Mr. Donovan today reached an agreement on Jim's
future with the University. Beginning Monday, August 13, Mr. Donovan will return to full duty
status and will report directly to Chancellor Apple. Mr. Donovan will have significant
responsibilities in designing, creating, articulating, marketing, branding and communicating the
evolving land grant mission of the university as it continues to serve and help meet the needs of
Hawai‘i and its people.

The parties mutually believe that Mr. Donovan has served the university well throughout
the 21 years he has worked on the Mānoa campus, beginning September 3, 1985. Mr. Donovan
moved up through the athletics department ranks as baseball stadium manager, sports marketing
director, assistant athletics director, associate athletics director and finally as athletics director
since March 23, 2008. From 2002 through 2008, he served as executive director of the Sheraton
Hawai‘i Bowl.

In this new position, Chancellor Apple believes that Mr. Donovan’s considerable and
diverse talents will be best utilized to help UHM move forward while serving the University in
another capacity.

Mr. Donovan’s base salary will remain the same through the term of his current contract
which ends in March 2013. He will then be reassigned to a new position and will be
recommended to receive a three-year appointment at a salary of $211,200 (temporarily reduced
to $200,640) that will be subject to customary reviews and approvals in accordance with
established policy.

Chancellor Apple stated, "Jim is a gentleman who has conducted himself with great
honor during this difficult period. I am delighted that we have agreed to his return to full duty
status and we are looking forward to a long term relationship. Jim served the university well as
our athletics director and his considerable talents are an asset to the university which will benefit
from his continued service."

Mr. Donovan stated, "I am very pleased that I have been cleared of any wrongdoing as I
have always acted in the best interests of the university. I appreciate Chancellor Apple’s efforts
and the cooperation of the university administration to return me to active status and I look
forward to working with Chancellor Apple."