University Of Oregon Rally Pushes For Independent Board After Firing Of President Richard Lariviere

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The University of Oregon must push for its own governing board, said many angry professors and students rallying on campus in the wake of the firing of UO President Richard Lariviere.

About a dozen professors and 300 students gathered under a gray and gloomy sky Tuesday in the outdoor amphitheater on campus to protest a distant board's power to take away their popular leader. During its meeting Monday at Portland State University, the State Board of Higher Education voted 12-0 to terminate Lariviere "without cause" in 30 days.

"We are in mourning," said Priscilla Southwell, chair of the political science department. "This is a betrayal of the UO. I will never forgive the board. I will never forgive the chancellor. We should never let this happen again."

Patrick Phillips, professor of biology, summed up the university community's unease.

"We are angry because this was a great leader for us," he said, "and we are nervous about the future."

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