Read Frohnmayer's letter to UO staff

Read Frohnmayer's letter to UO staff
University of Oregon president Dave Frohnmayer announced he plans to step down in summer of 2009.
April 29, 2008

Dear Colleagues:

Today I formally notified Chancellor George Pernsteiner and Governor Ted Kulongoski of my intention to retire as President of the University of Oregon at the conclusion of the 2008/09 academic year. It has been a great privilege to work with truly stellar faculty, staff, students and alumni for nearly a decade and a half. I intend to return to teaching and other assignments after I step down in summer, 2009.

I have given extended notice of my decision to allow ample time yet this quarter and through the summer for a smooth search and transition process. I have the utmost confidence that a presidential opportunity at this internationally recognized institution will draw the attention of the finest academic leaders. In recent days I have conferred with faculty leaders to assure that our campus dialogue about immediate needs and future priorities can command our focused attention in the next year.

It has been nearly twenty years since a full-fledged presidential search has taken place for this campus. We are armed with the results of many important perspectives, such as our recently concluded decennial accreditation self-study, our Campaign Oregon strategic plan, and the campus profiles that have been thoughtfully prepared for provost, vice-presidential and dean searches. Nonetheless, the forthcoming search process will provide a healthy period of reflection and engagement as the university develops plans for a major leadership transition.

As you may know, the State Board of Higher Education conducts presidential searches. I have spoken with the Board leadership to gain assurance that our strongest and best voices will be heard. I expect that the Chancellor will meet with faculty leadership in the near future to map out next steps, and I hope that our campus engagement will be broadly based.

I am eternally grateful for the literally thousands of you who have brought joy, energy and inspiration to the work of the university. You have endured sustained economic privation; collaborated thoughtfully on new initiatives; worked ceaselessly to improve our teaching and research; greeted students, their families and the larger community with warmth and good spirit; made our buildings and grounds places of serene beauty; and celebrated the achievements of each other with an enduring sense of pride and community. Lynn and I are grateful beyond measure for the many acts of kindness in our times of family loss and grief and in moments of shared pride for the university.

We endeavor always to improve even more. I look forward to working with you in these next months.

Warmest wishes,
Dave Frohnmayer