President's Updates

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.

President's invitation to a campus conversation about racial equity

11/18/2015 • We have an opportunity to move forward as a campus that embraces diversity, encourages equity, celebrates our differences, and stands up to racism. It is critically important for us, as a great university, to not turn away from hard conversations but to confront challenging issues thoughtfully and honestly. To encourage this dialogue, I invite you to attend an event, Lessons from Mizzou: A Campus Conversation.

President's remarks at Black Lives Matter talk by Charles Ogletree

11/12/2015 • Our nation today is engaging in serious soul-searching over issues of racial equity.  It is about time.  For too long, we have allowed ourselves to live as two nations—a world of class divisions, of racial divisions, reflected in where we live, what we earn, and how we are educated. As a great university we must confront these issues in a thoughtful and honest way.

Lessons from Mizzou: A Campus Conversation

11/12/2015 • I want to share a message that Vice President Yvette Alex-Assensoh sent to campus about an opportunity for conversation about honoring and valuing diversity at the University of Oregon.

The Oregon Commitment to student access and success

11/10/2015 • Today we are here to celebrate the accomplishments of PathwayOregon. We are here to celebrate—but also to say that is not enough. Too many students are still left on the education sidelines. We must do much more to open our doors to more students from every walk of life, keep those doors open, and create paths to on-time graduation and successful careers.

Invitation to all-campus event: President's committment to access and opportunity

10/30/2015 • I invite you to join me for my first all-campus presidential address on November 10 at 11:00 a.m. in the EMU Ballroom. I will share plans for improving access, retention, and graduation for our students.

Message about Umpqua Community College shooting

10/01/2015 • Today’s heinous act of violence at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg is a terrible tragedy that affects all of us. Our hearts go out to the students, faculty, and staff of our sister institution, and to their loved ones.

Fall 2015 welcome to students

10/01/2015 • Welcome to the 2015–16 academic year! Whether you are just starting classes at the UO or are well on your way to earning your degree, I am pleased to welcome you to the University of Oregon for what I believe will be a transformative year.

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