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Michael Gottfredson announced as finalist for University of Oregon President

Candidate to meet with campus community on June 12, 13

Note to Editors: Campus public forums schedule, media information and downloadable photo of Dr. Gottfredson are available at http://president.uoregon.edu/search 

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Portland, OR, June 11, 2012 – The finalist candidate for the new president of the University of Oregon, Michael R. Gottfredson, was announced today by George Pernsteiner, chancellor of the Oregon University System.  After consultation with a search committee chaired by State Board of Higher Education (Board) member Allyn Ford, Pernsteiner said he was recommending that Dr. Michael R. Gottfredson, currently the executive vice-chancellor and provost at the University of California, Irvine, be appointed by the Board to lead the University, pending a vote by the Board on June 15.

Allyn Ford said, “The search committee is very excited to present Dr. Gottfredson to the University of Oregon community.  Michael’s leadership experience, background in higher education, and his proven record of helping students and universities succeed is a great match with the UO and its mission and goals. He has a real passion about public higher education and has spent most of his career in prestigious institutions like the UO. This is a leader who is very much aware of the standards of excellence, the integrity, and the collaboration needed to guide change, serve the needs of students, support faculty, engage the University’s many stakeholders, and take UO to the next level of achievement.”

If appointed, Dr. Gottfredson would begin his leadership at UO on August 1, succeeding interim president Robert Berdahl, who was appointed in December of 2011.

Dr. Gottfredson has served as executive vice-chancellor and provost, and professor of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine since 2000. At UCI, Gottfredson is responsible for a campus with a $1.8 billion annual operating budget, a medical school and an academic medical center, professional schools in business and law, and schools of arts and sciences.  UCI has annual grants and contracts of $350 million, 1,500 faculty and 27,000 students. He is responsible for strategic planning, and helped to lead a new fundraising campaign. During this time he has led efforts to significantly grow enrollment, add new faculty, degree programs, facilities, schools, and departments, including Statistics, Biomedical Engineering, Informatics, Interdisciplinary Neuroscience, Mathematical Behavioral Science and Comparative Literature. Dr. Gottfredson helped to create the California Institute for Telecommunications and Technology, including the construction of a $55 million research facility, and the new public law school. He is also known for substantially increasing representation of women and under-represented minority faculty and administrators; and for his extensive work to enhance the undergraduate experience within a large research university. He also led a major expansion of the campus infrastructure, blending state, campus and private support. UCI, founded in 1965, was recently ranked first in the U.S. and fourth in the world among the 100 best universities less than 50 years old by Times Higher Education, and is the youngest member university in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU).

Prior to joining the UCI, Dr. Gottfredson served in several positions at the University of Arizona from 1985 to 2000, including interim senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, vice provost and vice president of Undergraduate Education, acting director of the School of Public Administration and Policy, head of the Department of Management and Policy in the College of Business and Public Administration; and was professor of Management and Policy, Law, Sociology and Psychology.

Dr. Gottfredson said, “I’m enthusiastic beyond measure about the opportunity to join the outstanding students, faculty and staff at the University of Oregon, one of the nation’s premier research universities.” Gottfredson will be joined this week in Eugene by his wife Karol Gottfredson, who is currently the coordinator of the Intern Teacher Credential Program at the University of California, Irvine.

Other academic positions Dr. Gottfredson has held include associate professor at The Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California from 1983-1985; associate professor of Sociology, University of Illinois, Urbana from 1981 to 1983; assistant professor at the Graduate School of Criminal Justice, State University of New York at Albany from 1977 to 1979; and director of the Criminal Justice Research Center in Albany, New York from 1976 to 1979.

Dr. Gottfredson’s board and professional service is extensive, and includes current appointments as a Trustee of the University of California Foundation; Executive Committee of Chief Academic Affairs Officers with the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities; the Orange County Technology and Action Network; and the Elliott Family Foundation, among others. Current and past service includes member of the AAU Chief Academic Officers; Budget Committee of the University of California; and chair of the UC’s compensation re-design committee, and many others.

Gottfredson’s academic awards include Extraordinarius, UCI (2012); elected fellow of the American Society of Criminology (1992); UCI Advance Gender Equity Award (2006); American Justice Institute award for Outstanding Contributions to Crime Theory (2003); and many others, reflecting his contributions to leadership in higher education, criminology, equity, and scholarship.

Dr. Gottfredson holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. from the State University of New York at Albany; and an A.B. from the University of California, Davis.

Chancellor Pernsteiner said Dr. Gottfredson would visit the UO campus in Eugene on June 12 and 13. Visits and forums with students, faculty, campus administration and other stakeholders will be included, with the public meeting schedule posted on the UO website. The State Board of Higher Education will make its final decision on Dr. Gottfredson’s appointment at a meeting on June 15 at approximately 9:00 a.m. after the campus visits and other meetings are completed.

Pernsteiner expressed gratitude to Allyn Ford and the twenty-two member search committee comprised of fellow State Board of Higher Education member Preston Pulliams and UO students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members, saying, “The members of the search committee worked very hard through an accelerated schedule to identify the highest quality candidate for the University of Oregon. We look forward to Dr. Gottfredson’s visit to UO, welcome him and Karol to Oregon, and thank him in advance for what will be a very demanding schedule of visits and meetings over the next week,” said Pernsteiner.


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