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What’s the Story Behind Tom Apple’s Ouster as UH Chancellor?

UH officials should be forthcoming about why the chancellor has been canned just a few weeks after new president takes over.

·By Stephen O'Harrow

Yesterday, the Honolulu television station news consortium, Hawaii News Now, came out with a tantalizingly brief report that the University of Hawaii at Manoa chancellor, Dr. Tom Apple, is to be removed from office after only a couple of years into what is normally a five-year contract. This was followed by an online posting from the UHM student paper, Ka Leo, to the effect that the chancellor had ruffled the wrong feathers.

Whatever the case, as usual, the lawyers are now gearing up for a fight over how much he gets of the

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Stephen O'Harrow

Stephen O'Harrow is a professor of Asian Languages and currently one of the longest-serving members of the faculty at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. A resident of Hawaii since 1968, he's been active in local political campaigns since the 1970s and is a member of the Board of Directors, Americans for Democratic Action/Hawaii.
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