President's Updates

Five Years of Institutional Governance

12/11/2019 • President Michael H. Schill presented a report entited Five Years of Institutional Governance to the UO Board of Trustees at the board's meeting on December 10, 2019. The report and slide show presentation chronicles the successes and challenges of the University of Oregon during its first five years of governance under the UO Board.

Open Mike: DACA, immigration, and higher education

11/08/2019 • Next week the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments about whether to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This is important to the University of Oregon because for students on our campus, and at other universities across the country, DACA helps provide a path to higher education and a better life.

UO Board Summit lunch remarks

10/25/2019 • President Michael H. Schill delivered the following remarks at the UO Board Summit lunch, a gathering of several hundred UO school, college, and unit volunteers and donors.

Open Mike: Campus culture principles

10/10/2019 • A few weeks ago, UO’s new Provost Patrick Phillips and I took a walk around campus and talked about some of the things we are both looking forward to at the start of a new academic year.

President's Fall Welcome

10/03/2019 • I am delighted to welcome all of you—students, faculty, and staff—to fall term at the University of Oregon. The start of an academic year always holds the promise of renewal and a fresh start, of making discoveries and insights, creating and re-establishing meaningful connections and friendships, and charting a new course for excellence and success.

Naming recommendation for the Black Cultural Center

08/27/2019 • It is a privilege to have the opportunity to name a building on the University of Oregon campus. The honor of naming the UO’s new Black Cultural Center (BCC) becomes even more significant knowing that it will be a place dedicated to student success and transformation, cultural understanding and historical education, and a source of inspiration for many generations to come.

Input sought on Black Cultural Center proposed names

07/23/2019 • This fall the University of Oregon will proudly open the new Black Cultural Center on our campus. It will be a home base for academic and social activities of Black students and a place where other students and visitors can learn about the Black student experience and history at the UO through exhibits and programs. Creation of the center came out of the demands of the Black Student Task Force, seeking to make the university a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse place. A center of such distinction requires a name that reflects the important mission it will embody.

New Provost and Senior Vice President Announced

06/13/2019 • I am pleased to announce that Biology Professor Patrick Phillips will be the UO’s next provost and senior vice president. From a pool of tremendously strong internal candidates, Patrick emerged as the next provost due to his nearly two decades of distinguished service as one of the UO’s most respected faculty members, a track record of success as an administrative leader, and clear vision for what it will take for this institution to achieve new levels of academic excellence and distinction. Patrick will begin his term July 1.

Resident Undergrad Tuition Proposal

05/20/2019 • Over the last week, I have received in-person and online input from students and other campus stakeholders on the 2019–20 resident undergraduate tuition recommendation from the Tuition and Fee Advisory Board (TFAB). I greatly appreciated hearing from students at the open forum, and I want to thank everyone who invested the time to share their point of view.

Open Mike: Misinformation can harm

05/17/2019 • I am the first person to admit that I am not an expert when it comes to social media and the way that information is consumed, created, and shared in our digital-first world. I like to follow friends on Facebook and I fully appreciate that Instagram and Snapchat are among the preferred communications channels of many University of Oregon students, but I am not personally active on social media. In so many ways our society and lives are better for the speed, power, and access that comes from living in the digital age, but there are times when it also comes at a cost. Over the last weekend, we experienced one such moment at the UO, when the rapid circulation of misinformation on social media unnecessarily created a problem—or the perception of a problem—on our campus. 

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