Eugene (KMTR) – There will be a change at the top at the University of Oregon.
U. of O. President Richard Lariviere is apparently on his way out because of a difference of opinion with the state Board of Higher Education about the future of the university.
The news came Tuesday night in an email to students and faculty from Lariviere. In the email, he told them he wanted them to hear the news directly from him first that the board has decided not to renew his contract, which ends next June.
In recent months, Lariviere has been pushing for greater independence for the university, which has not gone over well with the Board of Higher Education.
In his email, Lariviere said, "I was told I could resign or accept the termination of my contract … I am weighing those options at this time."
Lariviere was hired as president of the university in July, 2009.