State Board Ousts University of Oregon President

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Oregon State Board of Higher Education voted Monday to terminate the contract of University of Oregon President Richard W. Lariviere.

At the start of the emergency board meeting, when Chancellor George Pernsteiner recommended the contract be ended as of Dec. 28, the room erupted in boos.

The decision came after a public-comment hour in which speaker after speaker implored the board to retain the president or at least defer the decision.

"This has been a long dysfunctional ride," said board President Matt Donegan. "It is heartbreaking to be here right now."

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