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Posted: Monday, July 21st, 2014 12:30 PM HST

University of Hawaii Manoa plans hiring freeze

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) The University of Hawaii Manoa is implementing a hiring freeze to reduce spending by $10 million.

Hawaii News Now reports that as many as 70 positions will go unfilled this year.

Chancellor Tom Apple says the move will help avoid further tuition increases. This year, UH tuition increased by more than 7 percent.

Bob Cooney, an associate professor in the Office of Public Health Studies, says students in heavily impacted departments will be hurt most by the freeze.

Apple says the state reduced funding to the University of Hawaii by $75 million in recent years. He says money from a state tobacco settlement has dropped by about $5 million a year.

According to Apple, the UH Cancer Center has been operating on an annual $10 million deficit.

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