Building on success requires growth, change

June 29th, 2009

I’ve enjoyed meeting many of you and look forward to coming to know the rest of you in this wonderful community.

I want to let you know about some organizational changes I intend to make effective on July 1, my first day on the job.

First, I am pleased to announce that Jim Bean has agreed to remain as senior vice president and provost. I am delighted about this.

Second, I have asked Charles Martinez, now vice provost for institutional equity and diversity, to report directly to me and assume the role of vice president for institutional equity and diversity.

Third, I have asked Michael Redding to assume the role of vice president of university relations and to serve in a chief of staff role for the Office of the President.

University Relations will include those units currently part of University Advancement, with the exception of Development. Development will become a separate unit reporting directly to me. We plan to allocate cost savings -- created by leaving two high-level administrative positions unfilled -- to the hiring of a vice president for development. A national search to recruit and identify a vice president for development will be underway shortly, with the goal of having a successful candidate on campus by January 2010.

These moves are key to building on the overwhelming positive effect of Campaign Oregon. The $853-million campaign, as you know, has transformed nearly every corner of our campus and the quality of our students’ educational experience. We must continue that success.

Especially considering our current economic circumstance, successfully raising private support for the university is essential to support a clearly articulated academic vision and to continue to offer an outstanding educational experience in a unique learning environment.

I look forward to working closely with all of you as we build on our recent accomplishments and take advantage of the opportunities in front of us. I am confident the changes outlined here will help the University of Oregon to flourish.

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