10/11/2011: I didn’t think so. The low point for UO was the April 2009 “Furlough Town Hall” where President Dave Frohnmayer, Provost Jim Bean, General Counsel Melinda Grier, and VPFA Frances Dyke tried to trick the faculty into agreeing to 5% pay reductions.

Frohnmayer had just taken a $100,000 raise himself, and was in the process of trying to spend $1 million on the neon “Old Town” sign in Portland. Inane. Bean claimed that UO was in the black on our Bend satellite and that we had a lean top administration, spending 38% of what our peer institutions spend. Wrong. Dyke revealed that she didn’t know how much faculty payroll was, and couldn’t divide.

All four of the people in this insulting dog and pony show are now gone or going. (Although Bean may be back). In addition, Diversity VP Charles Martinez is gone. VP for Research Rich Linton is gone. Lorraine Davis is back, but just for a bit. VP for AA Russ Tomlin is retiring. We have new VP’s for admissions and development and a new athletic director. The 5% cut in faculty pay that Frohnmayer’s administration proposed is history – replaced with raises. The staff furloughs have been mostly offset with overtime.

President Lariviere has engineered a nearly complete overall of UO’s central administration. Now we’ll see what they can do.

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5 Responses to Nostalgic?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Are you absolutely sure that Tomlin is retiring? Where’s the document?

    And is he retiring for real or is he retiring on the special for-adminstrators-only Moseley-Davis-Frohnmayer-Berdahl plan?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Where did Bean come up with the 38% figure? It seems utterly absurd. Do we have any idea what the real number is?

  3. Anonymous says:

    I attended this town hall and it was extremely uncomfortable sitting there and listening to the “spin” we all knew was a crock. Unfortunately the wrong people (the audience) were squirming.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Bean got the figure from Dyke–where else. Obviously he had not learned to question her figures which were uninformed at best and a downright lie at worst. Unfortunately, I believe the worst.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Lariviere took too long to kick those suckers out. Now he is left with a big old mess and total distrust for his administration. Plus he continues to recyle the Eugene way. Get rid of the underlings who are manipulating everything. They are the ones who are receiving the biggest raises/benefits etc. Like the two BSs,who call themselves Chiefs.