Education
4:58 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

UO President Stepping Down

Credit University of Oregon

Just two years into the job, University of Oregon President Michael Gottfredson announced he is stepping down, effective immediately. In a campus-wide email Wednesday he says he's leaving to pursue other opportunities in academia and spend more time with his family. Gottfredson says with new strategic planning and a new governance structure for higher education, it's the right time for a new president.

Chuck Lillis, Chair of the UO Board of Trustees, says they are grateful for the leadership Gottfredson has shown. The board says the president took on a number of challenges, including the student athlete sex abuse case and the faculty labor contract.

The university's Board of Trustees will meet Thursday to discuss next steps.