Election for Interim UO Provost

9/12/2011: Nominations are closed, voting is open and so are the comments.

9/9/2011: Provost Jim Bean announced yesterday he will step down for one year, for health related reasons. Greg Bolt story here. We wish our provost a speedy recovery. We will need an interim provost until he returns.
I’m no history professor, but Abraham Lincoln famously said that his election, by his peers, as militia captain in the Black Hawk War was “a success which gave me more pleasure than any I have had since.”

In that spirit, UO Matters would like to announce an election for the position of interim UO Provost. Candidates so far:

  • Brad Shelton, Budget model guy
  • Dave Hubin, Pres Office
  • Michael Redding, Pres Office
  • Barbara Altmann, Hum Center
  • Scott Coltrane, CAS Dean
  • Kim Espy, new VP for Research
  • Robin Holmes, Student Affairs
  • Charles Martinez, OIED and OSLC 
  • Holly GoSlugly, Eugene Slug Queen
  • Russ Tomlin, Academic Affairs
  • Francis Dyke, Finance and Admin
  • Michael Moffit, Law Dean
  • Mike Bullis, Ed School Dean
  • David Frank, Honors College Dean
  • Lorraine Davis, Athletic department 
  • Frances Bronet, AAA Dean
  • Tim Gleason, Journalism
  • Wendy Larson, Portland
  • Dave Frohnmayer, Harrang, Long etc.
  • John Moseley, Deschutes River Lodges
  • Frog, 13th and Kincaid

Nominations will be accepted in the comments until Monday, when voting begins.

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22 Responses to Election for Interim UO Provost

  1. Anonymous says:

    My money’s on Coltrane. No way Shelton wants anything to do with this. Dark horse candidate: de Kluyver. If she didn’t have such a mess to deal with, Espy would be the best candidate.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’ll bet my spring 2012 raise on Shelton – only because Singell is gone.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Although not the most popular choice, Tomlin is the front runner. He has more administrative experience than anyone else on this list with the exception of Davis.

  4. Anonymous says:

    John Moseley. His current appointment as Bean’s assistant ends in December, he’s got more experience than Tomlin, and Lord knows the man loves money.

  5. Anonymous says:

    consider allowing LaRiviere to combine both offices for the interim. He. was recently provost, and working internally might broaden his perspective about how much yet needs to be done.

    the idea of allowing those who have failed (Dyke, Tomlin, et al.) the opportunity to display their poor judgment further is appalling.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Dyke, never under estimate her powers. (play scary music here).

  7. Anonymous says:

    I don’t think Tomlin is the front runner. It would be much easier administratively to get an interim dean than to move someone up into Tomlin’s job.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I hear a lot of complaints about de Kluyver from the b-school folks. Maybe they will push him for the job to get him out of their hair.

  9. Anonymous says:

    AD Ron Mullens – except it would cut his salary in half.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Tim Gleason, Journalism Dean

  11. Anonymous says:

    Frances Bronet, AAA Dean.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Chip Kelly… I heard he will be looking for a new job soon.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Wendy Larson, currently UO VP for Portland

  14. Anonymous says:

    It will hafta be someone inferior to Jim Bean since he wants to jump back in the saddle a year from now. If the interim Provost outshines Jim Bean, then there would be a serious problem letting Bean back in the saddle. Thus it comes down to Dyke or Martinez.

  15. Anonymous says:

    No way Lorraine Davis gets this job – too much baggage from her days with Frohnmayer.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Dog says

    well since the current provost really only does
    about 30% of this job in any way that might be
    construed as useful, let’s just retain him at
    60% so the University is twice as good.

    And this is a serious question to all readers of UOmatter:

    What kind of UO Provost motivated action would actually move the UO forward and garner the approval of the faculty as doing the right thing?

    Seems to be me its irrelevant who the provost or
    president is in terms of the evolution of the UO (or in maintaining its multi-decade state of stagnation) – collectively (including me) – we just don’t care enough to catalyze any transformation – maybe the Big Ideas was as good as it gets – what a crock.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I thought Frog and Moseley were the same person. If not, put me down for Frog.

  18. Dave F and J Mosley says:

    I nominate the editor / moderator of UO Matters. S/he needs to experience first hand how difficult it is to run this place. A bit of empathy might be a good thing!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Some minimal sense of ethics is actually more important than empathy.

  20. Duck Soup says:

    I second the nomination of John Moseley.

    I would also like to nominate George Pernsteiner. He would unite the faculty, the administrators, and the classified staff. But good!

  21. UO Matters says:

    Good one.

    And we’re paying for his house anyway.

  22. Anonymous says:

    The tragedy here is that so many bad personnel decisions were made at the highest levels beginning with the appointment of Linda Brady and then her destructively poor judgment on administrative appointments.

    The reality / consequence is that there are precious few in the central administration who can step to provide LaRiviere with the advice and support he needs.