State Higher Ed Board Clips Wings of U. of Oregon President

June 17, 2011

The board that governs the Oregon University System has extended the contract of the president of the University of Oregon -- but only for a year, and after telling him that he needed to be more of a team player, The Oregonian reported. Richard W. Lariviere has pushed a controversial plan designed to limit state support for the institution in exchange for significantly more independence -- and that plan, like others in Wisconsin and elsewhere, has caused friction with other public higher education leaders. (The University of Wisconsin at Madison's chancellor, Carolyn A. (Biddy) Martin, announced Tuesday that she would leave to become president of Amherst College, though she said she had not been urged to leave.) "We want his participation as a member of the team," Paul Kelly, president of the State Board of Higher Education, said of Lariviere during a telephone meeting Tuesday. In extending Lariviere's contract for one year instead of the usual two or three, board members specifically mandated that he attend meetings of his peers and participate in continuing discussions about changes in Oregon's higher education structure.

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