President's Updates

New initiatives to enhance diversity

04/26/2016 • One of the hallmarks of a great university is that it does not shy away from tough questions or difficult topics, be they cultural, theoretical, or scientific. Rather, a great university embraces challenges and applies intellectual, academic, and research rigor to delivering solutions that move the community, the nation, and the world forward to make it bette

Open Mike: Thanks for the good conversation

04/20/2016 • I want to thank the many faculty, staff and students who came to my Campus Conversation forum last week. For those of you who could not attend, a video of the session and the written remarks are now available the Office of the President website.

Campus Conversation remarks

04/12/2016 • A year ago when I accepted this position, it was with determination, enthusiasm, and great hope. I came to the UO for the love of public higher education, with appreciation for your work, and the intent to make a difference. I know that has at times meant shaking things up a bit and making hard decisions, which is part of the reason why I am here today — to share my vision, and be open and clear about our direction.

Invitation to campus conversation April 12

03/29/2016 • I would like to share more about our vision for the university as well as the priorities, strategies, and foundational needs to achieve excellence. I invite you to join me for a campus conversation on April 12 at noon in the Giustina Ballroom at the Ford Alumni Center. Please note the new time and location. I will provide an update on our strategic direction and answer your questions.

Employee reporting responsibilities

02/23/2016 • The following message was sent by Vice President for Student Life Robin Holmes, Assistant Vice President and Title IX Coordinator Darci Heroy, and Director of Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity and Deputy Title IX Officer Penny Daugherty regarding employee reporting responsibilities.

Tuition and Fees Recommendation

02/09/2016 • Pursuant to university policy, I have received the recommendations of the Tuition and Fee Advisory Board. The number one priority for our university is to achieve excellence in teaching and research, and I believe that this tuition plan, as part of our overall strategic budget, is necessary to enable us to achieve those goals.

Senate remarks: preparing for the future

01/13/2016 • Over six months ago, when I first met you, I made a promise that I would not spend my first year sitting on my hands. Instead, I would move forward with a plan to focus on academic excellence. Today, I am more optimistic than I have ever been that we will achieve our vision of achieving eminence.

Aligning our resources for academic excellence

01/06/2016 • Since I assumed the presidency of the university last July, I have met with countless members of our community. Whether those meetings were with faculty, students, staff, or alumni, there was virtual unanimity with respect to one proposition: our top priority needs to be academic and research excellence. With this message, I invite you to join me in what I hope will be a transformational process of aligning our resources and our efforts to achieve our aspirations as a preeminent public research institution. 

Reflections on fall term and happy holidays - December 2015

12/10/2015 • As the fall term and finals wrap up, I want to wish you all very happy holidays and a safe winter break. My first full academic term as your president leaves me inspired, invigorated, and impressed by the commitment and talent of our community of scholars.

Unity Vigil Remarks

11/23/2015 • Welcome to this Unity Vigil. Welcome students, faculty, staff and friends of the U of O. Welcome people of all faiths, cultures, ethnicities, orientations, genders and perspectives. Welcome all.