Lawmakers Crack the Whip on UH Board of Regents

Alia Wong/Civil Beat

Recent controversies over how the University of Hawaii spends its money have prompted several bills that would make the university's Board of Regents more accountable to the public. The Senate and House Higher Education committees on Tuesday passed some of them.

The university’s 15-member decision-making body has come under fire in recent months after the UH lost $200,000 in the Wonder Blunder and as salaries and tuition continue to spiral.

“The regents have been a joke for a long time,” said UH professor Noel Kent, who testified at both the Senate and House hearings Tuesday. “The way the university works right now? It doesn’t work. It’s dysfunctional. We need to change it at the bottom and at the top.”

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