Isaacson Miller, who gave PSU Rahmat Shoureshi, to lead VPR search

The announcement from Provost Phillips on UO’s VPR search is here, with a list of the search committee members etc. It will be an open, national, affirmative action compliant search. Good news. But the search firm will be Isaacson Miller, who ran the PSU Presidential search that brought them Rahmat Shoureshi.

Shoureshi lasted 21 months at Portland State, before his lies and various scandals caught up with him, at which point their Board fired him and then paid him another $880K. Apparently Isaacson Miller is not very good at due diligence. I wonder if they repaid PSU their ~$200K fee?

At UO, they recently ran the searches that hired Sarah Nutter for LCB Dean, and Bob Guldberg as Knight Campus Director, and the sham open search that Gottfredson held before promoting Scott Coltrane from interim to regular Provost.

VPRI David Conover to retire, open national search for replacement

Dear University of Oregon Colleagues,

We are writing to let you know that David Conover is retiring from his role as vice president for research and innovation at the end of the academic year, effective July 3, 2020. David has served the university with distinction and been instrumental in promoting interdisciplinary research excellence and innovation in every corner of campus. He has determined that now is the right time for him to step down to wrap up some important research he has developed over his long and distinguished career. Upon retirement, he will hold the title of emeritus professor in the Department of Biology.

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) supports the university’s research centers and essential core facilities, encourages innovation and economic development through strategic partnering and technology transfer initiatives, and helps identify ways to support our efforts as a top-tier research institution. The office oversees and coordinates the UO’s research proposal submissions, compliance, and contract and grant administration.

David has provided leadership around research opportunities across the university with a steady hand, an eye toward problem-solving, tenacity, and an earnest wit. He helped develop OVPRI’s new strategic plan, reduced administrative bottlenecks, and improved the ways the university uses data to benchmark and evaluate our research success.

David joined the university in 2016 and in the nearly four years of his tenure, the UO’s research and development expenditures grew almost 20 percent. For fiscal year 2018-19, the value of new research awards increased 70 percent, and federal research expenditures were up 9.6 percent. David and his team have done a great job in supporting these achievements in part by encouraging and incentivizing faculty to apply for more and larger grants.

We are committed to seeing that activity and trajectory continue under the next leader of OVPRI. We will launch an open, national search in the coming months for a new vice president to support the great work and research occurring across the campus and leverage the momentum of the last few years. We hope to be able to have the role filled prior to David’s departure next summer. Going forward, we will consult with David, his office, and campus stakeholders on next steps and will provide more information as a search plan is developed.

Please join us in thanking David for all he has done to serve the University of Oregon. We are happy that he will remain a friend and partner to the university in the capacity of emeritus professor.

Sincerely,
Michael H. Schill
President and Professor of Law
Patrick Phillips
Provost and Senior Vice President

W. Andrew Marcus (Geog) appointed as Permanent CAS Dean

5/3/2016: Schill’s on a roll. Four down, one to go:

Colleagues,

W. Andrew Marcus has been Interim Tykeson Dean of Arts and Sciences since 2013, and he knows both the amazing opportunity and daily challenges of the University of Oregon’s largest college. That firsthand knowledge and a 15-year UO career that has been defined by incredible dedication, committed leadership, and an unflappable passion for his college make him a clear choice to serve in the role on a permanent basis.

Andrew has earned the respect of the faculty, staff, and UO leadership by always maintaining an optimistic eye on the future. Perhaps most visibly, he has been the driving force to conceptualize the Tykeson Hall College and Careers Building, and will now continue that work to make it a reality.

A tireless advocate for his faculty and staff, he leads by example, as demonstrated by his significant reorganization of the dean’s office to optimize its efficiency in the face of budgetary challenges. The high-functioning and dedicated team he has built allows him to devote more and more time to advancing the visibility of CAS, especially among alumni and donors.

Andrew remains research-active, focusing on human impacts on rivers and the use of remote sensing technology to map and understand rivers. Most recently he served as lead editor of the award winning Atlas of Yellowstone. He also served as head of the Department of Geography from 2008 to 2011, associate dean for social sciences from 2011 to 2013, and president of the UO Senate in 2004–5. 

A 1978 graduate of Stanford University, Andrew went on to earn his master of arts in geography from Arizona State University in 1983 and his PhD in geography from the University of Colorado in 1987.

Please join me in congratulating W. Andrew Marcus, now the permanent Tykeson Dean of Arts and Sciences.

Sincerely,
Scott Coltrane
Provost and Senior Vice President

Schill’s on a roll. Four down, one to go:

?: New LCB business school Dean ?

5/3/2016: Andrew Marcus appointed as Permanent CAS Dean

5/2/2016: New School of Architecture and Allied Arts Dean Christoph Lindner, from Amsterdam

4/28/2016: UO’s new Dean of Journalism and Communications is PR expert Juan-Carlos Molleda from UFL

4/26/2016: UO’s new VP for Research, David Conover from Stony Brook

5/2/2016: New School of Architecture and Allied Arts Dean Christoph Lindner, from Amsterdam
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Coltrane posts videos, calls for feedback on VP Research finalists

Surveys much be completed by 5:00, Wednesday, March 9.

Candidate A: February 23-24, 2016 – Roger Cone

Candidate B: February 25-26, 2016 – David Conover

Candidate C: March 1-2, 2016 – Patricia Bauer

Candidate D: March 3-4, 2016 – Edmund Seebauer

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