4/11/2011: VP for Research Rich Linton has now issued an explanation of who is running ORSA (Moira Kiltie has just been promoted) and who all the Huron consultants are. Rich is not providing a word on the cost – but here are the contracts and $1.5 million in invoices. Another $500,000 is budgeted until June.
In case you are not following this, rumor is that this is all fallout from a botched hire and inadequate supervision. Who knows – obviously Rich is not telling, much less giving the faculty their research money back!
I’m sure the memo – emailed to all PIs – had nothing to do with our public records requests. Meanwhile, here’s the announcement of Rich’s retirement:
The following message is sent on behalf of Senior Vice President and Provost Jim Bean –
Rich Linton, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, has announced plans to step down from his position no later than June 30, 2011. Rich has had a dramatic impact on the UO’s research enterprise and interdisciplinary initiatives during the past decade. For example, UO’s growth rate in research expenditures per faculty member over the last five years was 50%, ranking third best within the AAU (FY03-08, NSF’s latest available data). Rich has been instrumental in providing critical support of faculty recruitment and retention, graduate education, interdisciplinary centers and initiatives, research infrastructure, multi-institutional partnerships, and technology transfer. Rich has served the institution with great skill, energy, good will and dedication.
A national search will begin presently and a search firm will be hired in the near future. Rich and I will especially appreciate your support and assistance in this time of transition. I wish Rich all the best as he looks toward new leadership opportunities and challenges.
Regards, Jim (Bean)