Michael R. Gottfredson

President, University of Oregon

The State Board of Higher Education voted unanimously on June 15, 2012, to appoint Michael R. Gottfredson as the new president of the University of Oregon, starting Aug. 1, 2012. He has served as executive vice-chancellor and provost and professor of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California at Irvine since 2000.

President 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 at Davis.

Prior to joining UC-Irvine, he 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.  Other academic positions President 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. His research specializations include the causes of crime and delinquency and the criminal process. His work on the connection between early childhood experiences and delinquency and crime is widely cited (A General Theory of Crime).

He is married to Karol Gottfredson, a former fifth-grade teacher who served as the coordinator of the Intern Teacher Credential Program at UC-Irvine. The Gottfredsons have two children and two granddaughters.