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New contracts for two of the
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JUNE JONES: The popular UH football coach is expected to get another five-year deal, with a boost to his $400,000 compensation package.

The proposed new contract for football coach June Jones will be presented Thursday to the University of Hawaii's Board of Regents, according to a UH official. With a positive recommendation after committee discussion, the contract will likely be approved Friday by the entire board.

"Most of the discussion will take place in committees Thursday," UH public information officer Kristen Cabral said yesterday.

Jones' current five-year contract ends after the coming season. He is expected to get another five-year deal with a sizable increase to his compensation package, say sources close to the negotiations.

Jones now makes almost $400,000 per year. Most of the raise would come from private sources.

Details are not available, but Jones' compensation will not go up to the $1 million a year his agent Leigh Steinberg initially sought in brief renegotiation talks after the 2001 season. The average pay for Division I coaches is around $600,000 per year.

The new deal will have a few incentive clauses, as the previous one did, Steinberg said recently.

Jones, who returned Sunday after a brief vacation in Portland, Ore., said he is glad the contract issue appears to be coming to a conclusion.

"Obviously, it's good news if it gets done," Jones said. "I'm just going to operate as normal, whether it goes through or not. I haven't really been involved, just been letting it run its course. Hopefully, it will get done."

UH athletic director Herman Frazier, who will make a presentation to the regents, declined comment yesterday, as he has throughout the negotiations. Frazier earlier set a deadline of the start of the coming season (Aug. 30) for resolution of Jones' contract. Steinberg could not be reached late yesterday.

Jones, 50, is a former UH player and assistant coach who was an assistant and head coach in pro leagues for 15 years, including the National Football League.

He returned to Hawaii in 1999 and led UH to a 9-4 record, including an Oahu Bowl victory. Coming after an 0-12 record in 1998, it represented the biggest turnaround in college football history. Jones was named college coach of the year by three different national organizations.

On Feb. 22, 2001, Jones nearly died in a one-car accident. He recovered in time to return to coaching duties for the start of the season.

Jones is one of the most popular people in the state, but his tenure has not been without controversy.

Last year, he was taken to task for writing a letter of support for financier Sukamto Sia, a friend who was convicted of fraud.

Also, Steinberg's business deals with UH's athletic department have brought about questions of conflict of interest. His marketing contract was recently terminated, but Steinberg is still under contract as a consultant for $100,000 per year.

Wins and losses

The University of Hawaii's football record with June Jones as head coach:

>> 1999: 9-4; won Oahu Bowl
>> 2000: 3-9
>> 2001: 9-3
>> 2002: 10-4; lost Hawaii Bowl
>> Overall: 31-20



WALTER JAMIESON: The Calgary tourism researcher is set to become the new dean of UH's School of Travel Industry Management.

Walter Jamieson, vice chairman of the World Tourism Education and Research Centre at the University of Calgary in Canada, will likely be the next dean of the University of Hawaii's School of Travel Industry Management.

The school has been without a permanent dean since 1999.

The Board of Regents is scheduled to take up Jamieson's three-year appointment at its monthly public meeting Friday at the UH-Manoa campus, said UH spokeswoman Kate Wester.

UH-Manoa Chancellor Peter Englert recommended Jamieson on behalf of the official search committee.

Jamieson was in Macau, China, and could not be reached for comment.

His term starts at a time of tumult in the visitor industry, with Oahu and the Big Island suffering from the loss of Japanese tourists, while Maui and Kauai enjoy an influx of U.S. mainlanders.

Around the state, 28 percent of households have at least one tourism worker, according to a recent survey.

Just more than half of TIM school graduates work in a field related to travel industry management, according to a separate survey.

Most alumni, who graduate with Master of Science degrees, earn more than $70,000 a year. Alumni who received a bachelor's degree in business administration earn between $30,000 and $60,000. In 1996 the school switched to issuing a bachelor's degree in science, and those students earn between $20,000 and $40,000.

Jamieson, 58, beat out two other final candidates: James Burke, dean of the Collins School of Hospitality Management at California State Polytechnic University, and Stephen Smith, professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

Jamieson's new salary was not released yesterday. His predecessor, Dean Emeritus Chuck Gee, had a salary of $122,928 in 1999, the year he retired. Pauline Sheldon, interim dean, makes $106,000.

Gee said yesterday he had heard Jamieson would be paid $165,000, which would be a 34 percent increase from Gee's 1999 salary.

Gee, who was not part of the official search committee, gave high marks yesterday to Jamieson as a candidate whose strongest credentials are graduate education and research.

"I think of the various candidates that had applied ... he is in my opinion the strongest candidate," Gee said. "He's also very personable. I think people will enjoy working with him."

Personality counts, as fund raising is a big part of the TIM school job, Gee said.

The school's departmental budget has stayed at $1.4 million during the past decade, largely because of an increase in endowments. In 1991 the TIM school had six major endowments. Last year, it had 15.

"You just need an enormous block of time out of your day if you're going to pursue fund raising," Gee said.

Jamieson has served as associate dean and director of the Centre for Environmental Design Research and Outreach at the University of Calgary. He is a visiting professor at the Institute for Tourism Studies in Macau, China.

His term would begin Aug. 1 and run through July 31, 2006.


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