State Won't Renew UO President Lariviere's Contract

OPB | Nov. 22, 2011 10:36 p.m. | Updated: July 17, 2012 1:03 a.m. | Eugene, OR

Contributed By:

Rebecca Roberts Galloway

At least two Oregon newspapers are reporting University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere is out after he finishes his term in June.

According to the Willamette Week, he received the news late Monday.

Courtesy U of O website, Michael McDermott.

He has been leading the university since 2009.

The WW report said his “brainy” and “sharp-elbowed” style had been “refreshing to some and offensive to others.”

According to the Eugene Register Guard, when contacted, Lariviere said he was “disappointed.”

The Register-Guard also spoke with State Rep. Phil Barnhart who “was not happy about” the development.

“Richard has been pursuing policies that he believes in and that I believe are really good for students,” Barnhart said. “If the nonrenewal of his contract has anything to do with those policies, it would be distressing to me,” he told the paper.

Lariveire had been criticized for giving $1.9 million in raises which he said were needed to keep talented staff.

“He was a great fighter for students,” Barnhart told the paper.

According to the Associated Press, KATU reported he sent an email to faculty and students Tuesday night.

KATU reports a rift between Lariviere and the board opened during the last legislative session when he proposed the university form its own governing board and become more financially independent.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Lariviere Biography



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