President's Updates

President's message to faculty and staff on the New Year

12/21/2012 • Dear Colleagues: I am writing to convey my very best wishes and sincere thanks to all of you as we wrap up an eventful 2012 and shift our momentum into the next calendar year. The past 12 months have been marked by noteworthy achievement and change. As we reflect on the past year, I believe that we have many reasons to have enormous pride in our accomplishments and look forward with enthusiasm to next year at the UO.

President's December remarks to University Senate

12/10/2012 • Faculty Senate, Dec. 5, 2012 Thank you, President Kyr, senate members and all who were able to be here today as finals week winds down and our campus empties for winter break. This is an appropriate time for us to spend a couple minutes reflecting on where we are as an institution and where we may be going from here. Ad Hoc Committee Regarding Review of Senior Academic Administrators

President Gottfredson comment on Draft LC 759

10/31/2012 • University governance: President Gottfredson comment on Draft LC 759, September 2012 (PDF).

Global Scholars Hall marks grand opening

10/30/2012 • UO President Michael Gottfredson’s prepared remarks for the Global Scholars Hall grand opening

A celebration of learning and research

10/30/2012 • The University of Oregon took time out on Friday, Oct. 26, to honor past achievement, celebrate the present and look forward to an exciting future. The day started with the grand opening of the Lewis Integrative Science Building.  This outstanding facility brings world-class researchers together under one roof from a range of disciplines. UO biologists, chemists, psychologists, computer scientists and other researchers will be working alongside one another to tackle some of society’s most vexing challenges — from cellular processes to improving communities.

President addresses UO Senate – and perfection

10/16/2012 • University of Oregon President Michael Gottfredson's first remarks to the UO Senate focused on governance – from the faculty collaboration that he sees as essential for a properly-run campus to the proposed institutional governing boards that he considers an effective response to declining state support for higher education. The president addressed the state of the UO during his Oct. 11 Senate appearance by defining his view of a public research university. He also introduced himself to the UO's governing body by deadpanning his responsibility for an ideal start to the school year. (Full text of president's remarks) "Since I've been here the weather has been perfect – not just good, actually, but perfect," he said. "We've recruited a distinguished group of students and we haven't lost a football game.

Text of President Michael Gottfredson’s Oct. 11 remarks to the UO Senate

10/11/2012 • Thank you President Kyr.   I am very happy to be here---at the University of Oregon and   with you in the senate. I greatly look forward to working with those of you in the senate and to our future interactions.

From the president: Welcome to UO fall term

10/01/2012 •  It’s great to have fall term underway. The energy our students bring to campus is infectious. For some of you, welcome back after what I hope was a relaxing and productive summer. For others, thank you for all your hard work over the summer months maintaining this beautiful campus, paying the bills, engaging with the public through the Olympic Trials, camps, and public programs, and preparing for this academic year. 

Gottfredson the UO's 17th president

06/15/2012 • The State Board of Higher Education voted unanimously June 15, 2012, to appoint Michael R. Gottfredson as the new president of the University of Oregon, starting Aug. 1, 2012. Gottfredson has served as executive vice-chancellor and provost and professor of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California at Irvine since 2000. “I’m very excited about being appointed president of the University of Oregon and appreciate the efforts of all of those involved in the search process,” Gottfredson said. “Karol and I are looking forward to joining the UO community later this summer and helping to move forward the mission and goals of this prestigious institution. This is a unique time for higher education in Oregon with lots of possibilities for helping more students succeed across the state and get us closer to the 40-40-20 goal. “The UO has and will continue to play a leadership role in ensuring that Oregonians have access to one of the best universities in the country, and that our graduates will continue to make important contributions to the economy of Oregon.”