Portland (KMTR) - The man who may become the next president of the University of Oregon will be visiting the campus this week.
Dr. Michael R. Gottfredson has been selected by a special 22-member search committee of the Oregon University System as the finalist candidate for the job. If he is appointed by the State Board of Higher Education, Gottfredson will succeed interim president Robert Berdahl on August 1.
Dr. Gottfredson is now executive vice-chancellor and provost, and a professor of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine. Previously, he served in several administrative positions at the University of Arizona.
Dr. Gottfredson said, “I’m enthusiastic beyond measure about the opportunity to join the outstanding students, faculty and staff at the University of Oregon, one of the nation’s premier research universities.”
Search committee member Allyn Ford said, “Michael’s leadership experience, background in higher education, and his proven record of helping students and universities succeed is a great match with the UO and its mission and goals.
Gottfredson and his wife Karol Gottfredson will visit the University of Oregon Campus June 12 and 13. He will attend forums with students, faculty, campus administration and other stakeholders.
The State Board of Higher Education will make a final decision on Gottfredson’s appointment at a meeting on June 15.