Chancellor declines interviews while ETF review is pending

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Tom Harden declined several media requests for interviews Thursday, citing a desire to defer to an independent review of the Maki rehiring by the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF). Harden and University officials likewise had no comment on a press release issued Thursday by a Whitewater-area legislator critical of the University’s handling of the matter. The Chancellor has previously offered assurances he is confident any objective review of the sequence of events will confirm ETF policies and procedures were followed. “I also remain confident that in rehiring (Tom Maki) we acted in good faith and in the best interest of this University, our students and Wisconsin taxpayers,” he said. Harden reiterated he was personally unaware of his CBO’s intention to retire until Maki had already signed and submitted his retirement papers.