(interim). And then appoints Allyn Ford as chair of search committee for permanent President, with no consultation with the faculty. Throw the dog a bone? Aren’t we still paying off his Ford Alumni Center debt? The gift that keeps on taking. Berdahl’s opinions on OUS board members like Allyn Ford are crystal clear:
… The chancellor and board have recklessly ignored the wishes of donors, alumni, faculty and students. They have signaled the academic community throughout the nation that innovative, courageous leadership will neither be sought nor tolerated.If you want to be president of the University of Oregon, be prepared to knuckle under to the chancellor and the board and be wary of the promises of the governor.
It will be interesting to see how these two work together in their joint search to help UO find a new, innovative and courageous president. As one commenter below notes, let’s hope Ford runs interference for Berdahl with the more rabid board members.