President Michael Schill


Michael H. Schill is the 18th president of the University of Oregon. He has served as the institution’s chief executive officer since 2015. As president, Schill is focused on four priorities to advance the UO’s mission: enhancing academic and research excellence, supporting student access and success, providing an outstanding campus experience, and improving inclusion and diversity. As a first-generation college graduate, Schill is a champion of public higher education and its power to transform lives, which informs his leadership of the university.

Schill has launched a series of initiatives in support of his priorities. The Oregon Commitment an effort started in 2015, focused on supporting student success by improving four-year graduation rates and providing more access to higher education through programs like PathwayOregon, which provides free tuition, fees, and specialized advising to Pell grant-eligible Oregonians. As part of this effort, Tykeson Hall opened in August 2019, home to two dozen new advisors trained in an integrated approach to providing academic and career advising to students. The university reached the goal of improving four-year graduation rates by 10 percentage points a year early in 2019.

In 2016, Schill announced the launch of the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, a billion-dollar initiative to transform innovation at the UO. The first phase, anchored by a $500 million gift from the Knights, was completed in December 2020 with the grand opening of the campus’s first building. Under Schill’s leadership, the UO partnered with Oregon Health and Sciences University to seed new opportunities to create societal benefit. The UO and OHSU have also partnered on a biomedical data science initiative in hopes of detecting treatments and cures for cancer.

In an effort to make campus more inclusive and encourage the exchange of ideas, Schill held a series of events focused on the freedom of expression, launched an African American Speakers series, and championed the creation of a new Black Cultural Center, which opened in fall 2019. Schill also recommended the denaming of two campus buildings to send a clear message that racism has no place at the UO and that the welfare, inclusion, and success of Black, indigenous, and other students, faculty, and staff of color is central to the university’s mission. In 2020, Schill and Provost Patrick Phillips announced a major initiative to hire more faculty of color and retain those already at the university, to establish a center on racial disparities, and to promote inclusion in the UO’s classrooms.

Schill previously served as the dean and Harry N. Wyatt Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. Prior to joining the University of Chicago in 2010, Schill served as the dean of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law from 2004 to 2009. His other faculty appointments include tenured positions as professor of law and urban planning at New York University and professor of law and real estate at the University of Pennsylvania.

A nationally recognized expert in property, real estate, and housing law and policy, Schill is the author or co-author of three books and more than 40 scholarly articles. His work includes studies of the determinants of value in condominium and cooperative housing, the impacts of housing programs on property values, the enforcement of Fair Housing laws, mortgage securitization, and the deregulation of housing markets. His casebook, Property, co-authored with James Krier, Greg Alexander, and Lior Strahilevitz is one of the best-selling casebooks used in American law schools.

In 2004, Schill founded the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University. Under his and subsequent leadership, the Furman Center has become one of the nation’s leading research centers on housing and the built environment.

In addition to serving as the president of the University of Oregon, Schill serves as Chair of the PAC-12 CEO Group, is on the Board of Trustees of Ithaka, the nonprofit parent of JSTOR, and is a former member of the Board of Governors of Argonne National Laboratory.  He was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011.

Schill graduated with an AB in public policy from Princeton University in 1980 and a JD from the Yale Law School in 1984.

Schill also holds a tenured faculty appointment in the University of Oregon School of Law.