Momentous changes are coming to the University of Oregon. Lines of power and authority built up over the university's 137-year history are being realigned in a single year.
The faculty voted to form a union, and now the administration has to bargain on salaries and working conditions — throughout the long, hot summer. The governor plans to appoint a new board of trustees in August to more intimately supervise UO President Michael Gottfredson and university operations.
Everything is up in the air.
"I've never seen quite this degree of change in so many ways," said Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Barbara Altmann, who has worked at the university for nearly a quarter-century.