Rumor control

has it that Jamie Moffitt, currently Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director for Finance and Administration, will replace Frances Dyke as (interim) UO Vice President for Finance and Obfuscation, effective soon 1/1/2012. 

Now verified, with an email from President Lariviere:


I am announcing the reassignment of Jamie Moffitt as the University of Oregon’s Vice President for Finance and Administration (VPFA), effective Jan. 1, 2012. Below is the public announcement the university will release.

Frances Dyke announced in February that she will retire June 30, 2012. As a result, we launched a search for a chief financial officer. That search did not result in a hire. Considering the broad and crucial portfolio of the VPFA, and the failed CFO search, I determined that we cannot afford a pause in leadership in finance and administration. I asked Jamie to serve, and I’m glad she accepted. She will begin in her role as VPFA on Jan. 1, allowing a smooth transition to Frances’ retirement.

I look forward to welcoming Jamie in her new role.

– Richard

Jamie Moffitt, the University of Oregon administrator who currently oversees all financial aspects of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, has been selected by UO President Richard Lariviere to serve as vice president for Finance and Administration. The reassignment will begin Jan. 1, 2012.

The vice president for finance and administration is a key member of the university leadership team and is responsible for campus operations, human resources, affirmative action and equal opportunity, campus planning, risk management, public safety, budgeting and finance, institutional research and emergency management.

The current vice president for finance and administration, Frances Dyke, announced in February that she plans to retire in June after 21 years at the university. The overlap will allow for a smooth transition of responsibilities as Dyke becomes an advisor to acting Provost Lorraine Davis.

“The vice president for finance and administration is at the operational core of the institution,” said Lariviere. “I appreciate the accomplishments and improvements during the past six years of leadership from Frances Dyke. The university is well-positioned to continue this trajectory with Jamie Moffitt’s expertise and determination.”

Moffitt has been the executive senior associate athletic director for finance and administration since May 2010. She was previously the associate dean for finance and operations at the UO School of Law from 2003 to 2010. In both positions, she reorganized budgeting and financial reporting processes and managed human resources and infrastructure improvements.

“I am looking forward to working more closely with the broader university community,” said Moffitt. “I am excited about the opportunity to strengthen and further align our central administrative and financial functions with the university’s core mission of teaching, research and service.”

The Athletics Department will begin immediately a search to fill the position being vacated by Moffitt. Athletics Director Rob Mullens expects to attract a strong pool of national candidates to the search process.

Before coming to UO, Moffitt was a senior executive at a venture-backed technology company in Boston and a consultant with McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm.

Moffitt received her Bachelor of Arts degree (economics) from Harvard, her Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy degree (international business) from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and her Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.

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6 Responses to Rumor control

  1. Anonymous says:

    in case you missed:

    University of Oregon pay raises catch the eyes of faculty at other state campuses

  2. Anonymous says:

    In Larivier’s message I see nothing about this appointment being an interim one.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Dont know much about this person, but surely she cannot be as awful as Franny. Hopefully she has some ethics!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Obviously the search for the CFO failed, but why? I hear rumors that better candidates withdrew as they learned more about the chaos in FD’s operation.
    But was Moffit not a member of the search committee? If so, then the appointment leaves me very uneasy. Indeed, the appointment strikes me just another in a series of internal promotions, like Geller, and what have they gained us?

  5. Anonymous says:

    This is DEFINITELY an internal promotion and her **husband** is the new Law School Dean! Where is the equal opportunity in a campus with a married couple running two large positions of the University? Oh and btw, this woman scares the crap out of me!

  6. Anonymous says:

    SHE was on the search committee? please tell me that’s not true.