Michael R. Gottfredson, criminology expert and provost of the University of California at Irvine, will head the University of Oregon as its next president beginning Aug. 1.
The State Board of Higher Education in a conference call this morning voted unanimously to hire Gottfredson, sole finalist after a secret search. He will replace Robert Berdahl, interim president, and former president Richard Lariviere, who was fired in November after less than three years for defying the board by lobbying for more UO independence and raising faculty salaries.
Gottfredson, 61 said he accepted the job with "great enthusiasm" and vowed "to do everyday what this great institution has done for so long – enhance the quality of life for our citizens."
He said his first order of business will be to learn more about the university and Oregon.
“I’m just excited to do that first,” he said, “and meet with my colleagues at the other universities and learn how we can collaborate with them to ensure access and quality for the citizens of Oregon.”