update from Anonymous:
It is a sad day at the University of Oregon when an administrator with the integrity and character of Rich Linton decides it’s time to leave. As Roast Duck says, he is a classy guy.
While significantly elevating the profile of research, Rich always worked toward the best interests of the entire institution. His collaborative and thoughtful style of leadership and advocacy are going to be missed and another institution likely will become the richer for our loss. Rich deserves our appreciation and thanks for an often thankless job, and I believe we all wish him the very best in whatever path he follows.
5/28/2010: posted by “Roast Duck” in the comments, regarding Rich Linton:
I don’t know if Linton was forced out or just wants to move on after many years here. I had heard rumors several years ago that he was about to leave.
He has been a classy guy, and has done a lot of good things e.g. to move faculty hiring along in the sciences by coming up with research startup packages from a tight budget.
On the other hand, he came from a background in the applied end of science, where UO has been known, to the extent it is known, in more basic areas of science. He has followed the path, it must be said in response to initiatives from certain quarters among the faculty, of pursuing “earmarks” from the federal and state government for supposedly futuristic research in over-hyped areas like nanotechnology, interdisciplinary brain science, and the like. Look at the new “integrative science” building and its planned follow-up. Look at where the Lokey money has gone.
Meanwhile, as others have noted, the graduate enrollments have lagged, rankings of UO research/Ph.D. programs have dropped. It certainly isn’t primarily Rich Linton’s fault, he probably isn’t rsponsible much at all, but he hasn’t been able to stop it and he has not resisted the tide of over-hyped dubious research initiatives.
Lariviere, unlike a certain previous administrator, is aware enough to know what’s been going on, especially with the rankings of the UO programs. So, it’s entirely possible that he decided it was time for a change.
It’s also possible, as I say, that Rich Linton simply decided it was time to move on.
So, Rich, I hope you find something better, you probably deserve it, you did about as well as anyone probably could have under the circumstances at UO the past decade or so. All the best to you!