2/1/2012: OUS Board Chair Matt Donegan is still cut up from the Portland fight, and for all his bravado he apparently hasn’t shown his face in Eugene since the meeting where he and Allyn Ford told Lariviere the board had decided to fire him. So Donegan has sent us a washed-up lightweight to take his punches for him. This should be fascinating:
This Friday, February 3rd, the City Club of Eugene will host a debate on the future of higher education governance in Oregon, with Chancellor George Pernsteiner and Acting UO President Robert Berdahl. At the Eugene Hilton at 11:45.
Following the presentations, there will be an opportunity for questions from the audience. Robert Kyr, president of the UO Faculty Senate, will ask one of the first questions. Andrew Rogers, ASUO Communications Director, will ask the other.
This will also be broadcast on KLCC on Monday evening, Feb 6.
More info: http://cityclubofeugene.org/component/content/article/34/307-program-2012-02-03.html
The Eugene City Club hosts many interesting talks and is a strong part of Eugene’s civic life. They want more UO faculty members, so do what you can to make this event.
The smart money is on Berdahl – but then the smart money was on Lariviere. Pernsteiner’s a sneaky bastard, with lots of student tuition money and state perks to dole out to his entourage of suck-ups.
In a debate, expect Berdahl to mop the floor with Pernsteiner. But Pernsteiner will prevail in the realm of action. Oregon doesn’t care about higher education, has a lot of disdain for UO and its aspirations/pretensions. The new board may go nowhere, and if the union goes through, that will kill any remaining interest of a decent outside president candidate.
What an irony if Berdahl finishes up his spectacular career with a flop at Oregon — none of it his fault.
Donegan won’t talk about this anymore because he wants to be governor someday and this whole episode makes him look incompetent – and it’s on tape.
Incompetence in action is what we look for in our leaders. Go Kitz!