U. of Oregon President Resigns Abruptly

August 07, 2014 / Phil Lesch

The Chronicle of Higher Educcation
August 7th, 2014

Michael R. Gottfredson has resigned, effective on Thursday, as president of the University of Oregon after two years on the job, according to news reports. In a resignation letter on Wednesday, he cited academic and personal reasons for stepping down. “My scholarly interests beckon,” he wrote, adding that he and his wife, Karol, “would like more time to spend with our family.”

The Oregonian, however, noted that his resignation had the hallmarks of a forced departure: Mr. Gottfredson “does not have a new job lined up, it was announced the day before it takes effect, and he cites spending more time with family as a key motive.”

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