Pacific Business News reports that the special Advisory Council formed to select qualified University of Hawaii Board of Regents candidates will start public meetings this week and may be ready to take applications by late September. This is of special interest at the State Capitol given the contentious path of the bill, SB14, which establishes the council. The bill was vetoed by Governor Lingle, overridden by the Legislature, and became law as Act 56.
Members of the council include Neil Bellinger (appointed by Speaker Calvin Say), Karl Fujii (appointed by UH alumni association), James Koshiba (appointed by Senate President Colleen Hanabusa), Thomas Ramsey (appointed by UH All Campus Council of Faculty Senate Chairs), Ginger Takeshita (appointed by the UH Student Caucus), and Roy Takeyama (appointed by the UH Association of Emeritus Regents). Takeyama serves as chair, Fujii as vice-chair. Governor Lingle's nominee, Chatt Wright, resigned from the committee citing scheduling conflicts.