Friday, August 8, 2014

University of Oregon's new board wants a president of its own choosing who is an academic star

The Oregonian
August 8th, 2014

The University of Oregon's newly empowered Board of Trustees wants to put its stamp on the university by hiring a president of its own choosing, and President Michael Gottfredson was "very gracious" in agreeing to step down early to allow a new leader to take over, the chairman of the board said Thursday.
The board expects it will take a year to hire the kind of standout academic and superstar leader it wants as the next president for the UO, said Chuck Lillis, the board chairman. In the meantime, UO Provost Scott Coltrane will serve as interim president to provide continuity and ensure that the faculty feel valued, Lillis said.
Gottfredson accomplished big things in his two years at the helm of UO and left it a stronger university, Lillis said. Because of that, and because Gottfredson gave up his right to remain as a tenured sociology professor earning $360,000 a year, the trustees unanimously gave him a $940,000 severance, Lillis said.

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