UH Exec Who Allegedly Lied About Accounting Credential Still on Job

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A high-level University of Hawaii executive remains in her job — at the same pay — following the conclusion of a university investigation into whether she misrepresented herself as a certified public accountant.

University officials refuse to say why she’s still on the job or whether or not they concluded that she illegally misrepresented herself on her resume.

But evidence suggests that Karen Ehrhorn, who was hired as director of administrative services for the UH’s Institute for Astronomy in 2008, lied on her resume by identifying herself as a certified public accountant. Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, the nonprofit organization that Ehrhon worked for as chief financial officer before assuming her role at UH, also listed her as a CPA on its personnel page. (A copy of the resume she used to apply for the UH job appears below.)

The state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs licensing database reveals that Ehrhorn’s CPA license, which was issued in 1974, expired in 1985. Civil Beat reviewed various licensing databases of the other 49 states and found no record of Ehrhorn having an active CPA license in any of them.

Nonetheless, she continues to earn $150,000 annually, UH officials confirmed, making her one of the highest-paid administrators at the university.

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