President Schill announces historic Knight Campus gift

“I am committed to working with each of you to make the University of Oregon a great university, a better university, and the very best university it can be.”

Michael H. Schill is the 18th president of the University of Oregon. He began his tenure on July 1, 2015, and was formally invested into office on June 1, 2016.  He previously served as the dean and Harry N. Wyatt Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School, as well as dean of the UCLA School of Law.

President's Updates

While our announcement of the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact focused on the quantum leap in scientific research that it will make possible, the impact of this extraordinary gift will ripple far beyond the sciences and well beyond Eugene.

We are here today to make history. And to transform our future—thanks to an unprecedented $500 million gift from Penny and Phil Knight, the largest single gift ever made to a public flagship university. This monumental act of philanthropy, this incredible demonstration of love for the University of Oregon, will launch a $1 billion initiative called the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact.

I have the immense pleasure of announcing that our dear friends Phil and Penny Knight have made an extraordinarily generous $500 million gift—the largest ever to a public flagship university—that will launch an initiative to rethink and reshape research at the University of Oregon. The Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact will fast-track scientific discoveries into innovations, products, and cures that solve problems and improve our quality of life.


U.S. News and World Report ranks the University of Oregon among the top 50 public universities in the US and the #1 public university in Oregon. We are a Carnegie Tier One university, which means we are among the highest research active US institutions.



Our $2 billion comprehensive campaign is the start of a new era. We have the momentum. We have the passion. We have the opportunity to realize the dreams and aspirations of this campus for generations to come.



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