UO President Finalist Chosen

EUGENE, Ore. — There’s now a finalist candidate for the position of University of Oregon president.

His name is Michael Gottfredson, and he is currently the executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of California, Irvine. He’s held that position for 12 years–leading 28,000 students.

If chosen, he’ll be filling some big shoes–the well-liked former president Richard Lariviere.

“He was indeed one of our very strongest choices,” said UO Senate President Richard Kyr.

Here’s what UC Irvine’s┬áChancellor Michael V. Drake wrote about him Monday:

“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.”

Gottfredson would fill the shoes of Lariviere, who left after a controversial firing in December.

But Kyr, who was on the search committee, says this finalist won’t disappoint.

“Gottfredson is the ideal leader for us now. He brings the best qualities of Richard Lariviere and has his own unique style of leadership, which is perfectly matched with not only who we are but with what we need at this moment,” Kyr said.

Gottfredson got his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Albany and completed his undergraduate degree at University of California, Davis. He’s also a professor of criminology.

While the reputation for research and academics stands strong at UCI, there’s no football program. Kyr says that could actually be a strong point in Gottfredson’s leadership at the UO.

“The fact that he comes from a university that doesn’t have a football program means that he will come in with some fresh ideas that will be appealing and helpful to us as well,” Kyr said.

Gottfredson will meet with the campus community Tuesday. If hired, he will start on August 1.

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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