Finalist Named for UO President

EUGENE, Ore. — The chancellor of the Oregon University System has named a finalist for the position of president of the University of Oregon.

Chancellor George Pernsteiner announced Dr. Michael Gottfredson is a finalist and will visit the UO campus Tuesday and Wednesday.

Dr. Gottfredson is currently the executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of California, Irvine.

The Oregon State Board of Higher Education will vote on June 15 to finalize who will lead the university.  If Gottfredson is appointed, he would start on August 1.

Prior to working at UCI, Dr. Gottfredson served at the University of Arizona, the Claremont Graduate School, University of Illinois and the University of New York at Albany.

“I’m enthusiastic beyond measure about the opportunity to join the outstanding students, faculty and staff at the University of Oregon, one of the nation’s premier research universities,” said Dr. Gottfredson.

UCI’s Chancellor Michael V. Drake released this statement regarding the UO opportunity for Gottfredson:

“I’m happy for Mike as he considers this next step in his career. He is an exemplary provost. During his 12 years of leadership at UC Irvine, the university improved its already sterling academic reputation, built research centers that are considered the finest in their fields, and attracted the best and brightest students and faculty – despite an onerous state budget environment. I’m confident he will be an outstanding president. We’ll miss him and we wish him the very best.”

A campus forum will take place Tuesday, June 12 at 4:30 p.m. For more information on the campus forum and Dr. Gottfredson, click here.

Photo of Dr. Gottfredson provided by UO 

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