Dr. Michael Gottfredson has been selected as the finalist for the new president of the University of Oregon.
Gottfredson has served as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of California Irvine since 2000. He is an expert in criminology. Oregon University System Chancellor George Pernsteiner calls Gottfredson an academic leader of distinction.
"That's a great combination for Oregon," Pernsteiner says. "Somebody who is committed to higher education and has a track record of real success and is able to work collaboratively with the other elements of education in this state for the betterment of the state and its citizens."
Collaboration was a key quality the search committee was seeking after the State Board of Higher Education fired U of O President Richard Lariviere. He had pushed for more independence from the board.
Gottfredson succeeds interim President Robert Berdahl on August 1. He and his wife will be on campus Tuesday and Wednesday to meet with the university community.
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