Wednesday, November 23, 2011

State Board Refuses to Renew Contract of University of Oregon President

In Oregon the university system is under the oversight and control of the State Board of Higher Education. Yesterday, the State Board told President Richard Lariviere that they would refuse to renew his contract which will expire in June 2012.  Lariviere has been a visionary leader for the UO, attempting to help the UO navigate continuing budget cuts and decreasing state support.  Lariviere has worked on a new governance system for the UO, a system that would result in greater independence for UO from the state system.  It is assumed that his pursuit of this idea caused the State Board to decide to terminate his contract.

In the hours since the announcement, faculty have rallied to his support.  A blog has been set up, We Love Our Pres, and faculty are planning a variety of actions, including a rally on Tuesday.  Contacts for the Governor, legislatures, and the State Board appear on the blog.

A story in the Eugene, Oregon newspaper, the Register Guard is here.

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