Opinion Letter No. 04-07
March 25, 2004
Evaluation and Expectations of University of
The University of Hawaii (“UH”) Board
of Regents’ evaluation of UH President Evan Dobelle (“Evaluation”)
and the Expectations and Performance Guidelines prepared by the
Board of Regents relating to President Dobelle (“Expectations”)
are public under the UIPA.
The OIP found that President Dobelle has a significant
privacy interest in the Evaluation and the Expectations. His privacy
interest, however, is diminished by the fact that he is a public
figure by virtue of his position as UH President. When balanced
against the public interest in knowing how the Board of Regents
is performing its duties, including the employment of the UH president,
as well as in knowing how President Dobelle is performing his job,
we found that the public interest is greater.
Accordingly, UH cannot withhold the Evaluation and
the Expectations, as disclosure would not be a clearly unwarranted
invasion of personal privacy under section 92F-13(1), HRS. This
Opinion does not imply that evaluations of employees who are not
in high ranking positions are public.