The dean of the University of Hawaii at Hilo College of Pharmacy has told Gov. Neil Abercrombie that the school risks losing its accreditation with the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education if no progress can be shown on securing a permanent building.
The Hawaii Tribune Herald reports Abercrombie visited the Hilo campus Wednesday to learn about the efforts to construct a building for the pharmacy school. The newspaper reports the college is asking the state for $33 million to fund construction of the first phase, with the remaining funding coming from revenue bonds and general obligation bonds.
The newspaper reports Dean John Pezzuto said the college, which completed its $5.5 million design phase nearly two years ago, is up for review in April and that “the university is running out of excuses for why it can’t build a permanent home for the College of Pharmacy.”
The issue addresses a concern that UH is having some trouble managing funds – a concern in the spotlight last year after a blundered Stevie Wonder benefit concert cost the institution some $200,000.
In another story, some vendors who supply the Kapiolani Community College’s Culinary Arts program who have not been paid in months have cut off supplies to the college’s teaching kitchen because of delays in the University of Hawaii’s bill-paying system.
Hawaii News Now reports Culinary Arts Chairman Ronald Takahashi blames the delay in payments on the University of Hawaii’s new financial system that was activated in July and the fact that the Manoa campus office that pays the bills is closed at times when the KCC dining room is open and still ordering from vendors.
Hawaii News Now reports Takahashi is working with UH to pay the vendors and said he hopes the past-due accounts will be current by the end of the month.
(Report compiled from Pacific Business News)