EUGENE, Ore. - Michael Gottfredson will likely be the next president of the University of Oregon.
Gottfredson is executive vice-chancellor and provost at the University of California, Irvine, that university's No. 2 job. He was interviewed in executive session by the state Board of Higher Education last Friday. Gottfredson will visit the campus Tuesday and Wednesday this week to meet faculty, students and staff, the Portland Business Journal reported.
This Friday, the Board of Higher Education is expected to pass a recommendation by Oregon University System Chancellor George Pernsteiner to hire Gottfredson.
Gottfredson's likely hiring comes at a critical time for the University of Oregon, which is they key force behind an effort to get more independence for the state's seven public universities.
The search for a new University of Oregon president was done privately by a search committee formed by the Board of Higher Education. No other finalists will be named.
“The search committee is very excited to present Dr. Gottfredson to the University of Oregon community. Michael’s leadership experience, background in higher education, and his proven record of helping students and universities succeed is a great match with the UO and its mission and goals," said Allyn Ford, a member of the Board of Higher Education who led the search committee.
If appointed, Gottfredson would begin on Aug. 1 and succeed interim President Robert Berdahl.
Berdahl was appointed in December after the controversial termination of Richard Lariviere.
Gottfredson has been executive vice-chancellor, provost and a professor of criminology, law and society at the University of California, Irvine since 2000. He duties include overseeing strategic planning and the university's $1.8 billion budget. The University of California, Irvine has 1,500 faculty and 27,000 students.
The University of Oregon has a $1.3 billion budget and 23,000 students.
Gottfredson holds a doctorate from the State University of New York at Albany. His complete bio is available on the Oregon University System website.
“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.” Gottfredson said in a news release.
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