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Friday, July 7, 2000


UH chancellor
leaving door open
for LCC chief

Tsunoda says she is holding
Sharon Narimatsu's resignation
letter to 'give her time'

By Suzanne Tswei


The abrupt resignation of the Leeward Community College provost, Sharon Narimatsu, has not been accepted. Instead, Chancellor Joyce Tsunoda is asking Narimatsu to reconsider.

"I still have the letter of resignation. I am going to let things settle down and give her time to think things through," said Tsunoda, who oversees the University of Hawaii's community colleges.

Tsunoda was to explain the situation today to Leeward personnel, who were surprised by Narimatsu's resignation. Tsunoda is scheduled for two meetings on campus today to address concerns.

Tsunoda said the resignation caught her by surprise, too. Others said the resignation had stunned and shocked people on campus.

Narimatsu has been Leeward's top administrator for two years and resigned unexpectedly June 18, citing personal reasons. Her resignation was effective the same Friday she turned in her letter. Leeward's faculty and staff discovered her resignation on the following Monday.

Tsunoda said she has been in touch with Narimatsu but does not know exactly why she decided to resign. Tsunoda said she did not set a deadline for Narimatsu to withdraw her resignation.

"I think highly of her. She is a very, very valuable member of the community college team. She has worked so hard," Tsunoda said.

Ka Leo O Hawaii
University of Hawaii

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