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Richard Lariviere named new President of University of Oregon

Di Saunders, OUS -- Cell: 971-219-6869; Office: 503-725-5714

Go to http://newpres.uoregon.edu for a full resume and a photo of Dr. Lariviere

Portland, OR, March 13, 2009 – State Board of Higher Education president, Paul Kelly, announced today that Dr. Richard W. Lariviere, executive vice-chancellor and provost at the University of Kansas, has been named the new president of the University of Oregon. The Board voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Lariviere (pronounced Luh-riv-yair) as president at this morning’s special meeting at UO’s White Stag Block in Portland. Lariviere will replace president Dave Frohnmayer, who has led UO’s growth and success for the past 15 years.

“The Board is very pleased about Dr. Lariviere’s appointment as president of the University of Oregon,” said Kelly. “His academic and research strengths, leadership abilities, and his understanding of the institution’s mission will help further UO’s excellence in scholarship, research, and service to Oregon students and communities.”

Governor Ted Kulongoski said, “The University of Oregon has a well deserved reputation for offering a high quality, unique learning environment for thousands of Oregon students every year. Dr. Lariviere will be an outstanding member of the state’s higher education leadership as we continue to help students from across the state gain a world-class education. As we welcome Richard to Oregon, we also extend our appreciation to Dave Frohnmayer for his incredible service to the University of Oregon and to our state for so many years.”

Dr. Richard Lariviere, who will begin at UO this summer, has served as executive vice-chancellor and provost at the University of Kansas since 2006. There, his accomplishments have including leading efforts to restructure graduate education and research, including the increase in compensation for Graduate Teaching Fellows; creating the Latino Vision Council to guide KU’s outreach to the Latino community; and completely restructuring tech transfer at KU. Lariviere is a Judson Neff Centennial Fellow in the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas, a position he has held since 1995. His expertise has also been sought by numerous corporations and organizations where he has served as an adviser or board member.

“I am honored by the trust the State Board of Higher Education has placed in me to lead Oregon’s flagship university. The University of Oregon is an international leader because of the faculty’s outstanding teaching and research. This institution plays a vital role in the educational, civic, social and economic health of the state of Oregon due to the strong leadership from President Frohnmayer. I am confident that the UO is poised for even greater success despite current economic challenges. My wife Jan and I are excited to begin working with the faculty, staff, students, and the extended UO community. Our goal is to support the great talent of this community so that it can accelerate the university to successes worthy of the people of Oregon.”

The search committee for the president of UO, which began its work last summer, was chaired by Board member John von Schlegell. “I can’t thank the search committee enough for their tireless efforts over the last several months in getting us to this positive outcome. All of UO’s stakeholders, including faculty, students, staff, alumni, and the business and civic communities, deserve a great amount of thanks for their engagement and thoroughness throughout the search process.”

Oregon University System chancellor, George Pernsteiner, said, “Dr. Lariviere is the right person to lead the UO in a time of change and opportunity. He will join his fellow OUS presidents to form a strong team of advocates for Oregon higher education, helping to increase Oregon’s educational capital so we can ensure a highly skilled workforce, stable economy, and strong communities. ”

"I offer my sincere congratulations and best wishes to Richard," said UO president Dave Frohnmayer. "My wife Lynn and I have had the pleasure to get to know Richard and Jan these past few weeks, and I couldn't be more pleased with the Board's decision. The University of Oregon is part of me, and part of my family. I have had a very personal interest in this process, and I am thrilled that the next leader of the university shares my enthusiasm and my passion for the transformative power of public higher education."

Before joining the University of Kansas, Dr. Lariviere served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas from 1999 to 2006. During his tenure, the college completed a capital campaign, significantly increased the number of faculty, and doubled its rate of external research funding. Other positions held by Dr. Lariviere at the University of Texas included associate vice president for International Programs from 1995 to 1999; the Bruton Chair in Liberal Arts from 1999 to 2006; the Jacob and Frances Mossiker Chair in the Humanities from 2003 to 2006; and the Ralph B. Thomas Regents professor of Asian Studies from 1993-2003. He also served as a technical advisor to Perot Systems Corporation from 1993 to 1996.

Other academic positions Dr. Lariviere has held include director of the Center for Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin from 1986 to 1994, and assistant professor to professor of Sanskrit in the Department of Oriental Languages and Literatures at the same institution from 1982 to 1990. He was visiting assistant professor in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature and School of Religion (joint appointment) at the University of Iowa from 1980 to 1982; and was visiting lecturer in the South Asia Regional Studies Department at the University of Pennsylvania from 1978 to 1979.

Dr. Lariviere received his B.A. from the University of Iowa in the History of Religions, and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Asian Studies. He is married to Janis Worcester Lariviere, a long-time leader and advocate for science education. Currently, she is associate director for teacher development in the Center for Science Education at the University of Kansas.

Dr. Lariviere will return to the UO campus April 8 to 10 to continue meeting with faculty, staff, students and community members as he prepares to transition into the role of president this summer. Details about the April visit schedule will be available soon at http://newpres.uoregon.edu.

The University of Oregon is a world-class teaching and research institution and Oregon's flagship public university. The UO is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization made up of the 62 leading public and private research institutions in the United States and Canada. The University of Oregon is one of only two AAU members in the Pacific Northwest.

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