OREGON

Trustees select Schill as next UO president

April 15, 2015 / Phil Lesch

Register Guard
April 15th, 2015

Michael Schill, dean of the University of Chicago Law School, is the University of ­Oregon’s new president.

After a lengthy search, the UO Board of Trustees on Tuesday unanimously approved hiring Schill to fill the vacancy created by last year’s sudden resignation of Michael Gottfredson. Schill, who will start work on July 1, will be the UO’s 18th president.The hiring, the first presidential pick of the two-year-old board of trustees, comes at an important time for UO, which has been roiled by turnover in the president’s office, concerns about sexual assault, ­rising ­tuition and labor strife.

The ­university also is in the midst of its largest-ever ­fundraising drive to attract top-flight ­faculty and students.

UO Board of Trustees Chairman Chuck Lillis said board members picked Schill from four finalists after deciding he was “good enough to lead us at this pivotal, transformational time for the university.”

Lillis, with other board members present, introduced Schill at a press conference in the Ford Alumni Center.

Schill, whose beginning annual salary will be $660,000 — a 21 percent boost over Gottfredson’s — said he was attracted to the job because of UO’s reputation and its governing board, which allows “flexibility and ­focus on this university.”

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