EUGENE, Ore. - University of Oregon president Michael Gottfredson has resigned after 2 years on the job.
His resignation takes effect immediately.
Gottfredson did not give a specific reason for his sudden departure. He said his "scholarly interests beckon," and that he and his wife would like to spend more time with their family.
Gottfredson announced his decision Wednesday in a letter to the UO Board of Trustees and in a message to the UO community.
Today it is with mixed emotions that I announce my decision to depart the UO as President and pursue other opportunities in academia.
I accepted the job as President of this great institution with the clear objective of helping the University manage through a period of uncertainty and get to a place of stability. We have accomplished those objectives and I know that the UO is on the right course.
With a new governance structure for higher education, new clear benchmarks for academic excellence, and an expanding world-class faculty, the UO is on path to enhanced status as a leading public research institution. My scholarly interests beckon and Karol and I are eager to spend more time with our family. With our outstanding campus leadership and new strategic planning underway, it is appropriate for a new president to continue the legacy of this great University.
It has been an honor to serve as President of the University of Oregon. The caliber of faculty and staff, and the wonderful students and community represent the endless opportunities ahead for the University and the state. Many thanks to our outstanding students, terrific academic leadership, supportive and engaged community, dedicated staff, supportive legislature and amazing faculty colleagues.
Thank you for the privilege to serve at the University of Oregon. I know that the next president will find the same welcome that I did and I look forward to ever more greatness at the UO.
Michael R. Gottfredson
President, University of Oregon
The Board of Trustees said it will meet on Thursday, Aug. 7 at 4:30 p.m. to discuss university administration and personnel issues.
The UO noted accomplishments during Gottfredson's time as the 17th president, "including the establishment of an institutional governance board, securing the first faculty labor contract and identifying new benchmarks for academic excellence that will chart the future of the university."
He also handled the resolution of the NCAA investigation into football recruiting practices, as well as this year's sexual assault accusations against 3 basketball players.