Regents to vote on job offer
The board will discuss whether to negotiate with David McClain on a permanent post
The Board of Regents has scheduled a special meeting Tuesday morning to discuss and vote on whether to offer University of Hawaii interim President David McClain a contract to stay on as president.
Last week, a search committee made up of six regents recommended that the board suspend the national search for a new president and begin negotiations with McClain to stay in the job.
The meeting at 8:30 a.m. in the UH-Manoa Campus Center conference chamber will be the first chance for the full board to discuss the recommendation.
The regents will take written and oral public testimony at the meeting. The meeting notice recommends that people who wish to testify should call the board office in advance of the meeting at 956-8213.
McClain, who was vice president for academic affairs, was named interim president after former UH President Evan Dobelle was dismissed by the regents in June 2004.
In January the board gave McClain a 5 percent raise retroactive to July 2005 after a glowing review of his performance last year.
McClain now makes $341,256 a year. The job also comes with the use of the College Hill residence in Manoa.
In November, McClain, 59, announced he would not be willing to serve a full seven-year term, but he seemed to leave the door open for a shorter term until 2009.
After McClain's announcement, the board appointed the committee in December to look into hiring a search firm and begin the national search for the next UH president.