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Negotiating for Dummies – foreword by Frohnmayer

5/10/2013: I expected venality from Sharon Rudnick and her HLGR team, but like everyone else I’ve talked to I’ve been surprised by the incompetence. Maybe I shouldn’t have been though, given who wrote the foreword to “Negotiating for Dummies”:
Yup, right at the bottom: David Frohnmayer, President of the University of Oregon, and now “Of Counsel” at HLGR. Dave’s no dummy about deals that involve money for himself though. He’s now working for Randy Geller, as a member of Sharon Rudnick’s legal team. He charges UO ~$270 an hour to help screw over the UO faculty:

while also getting paid a $201,028 salary as UO faculty, at 0.5 FTE:

Plus $257,353 PERS. He set up his sweet retirement deal with Pernsteiner at the same time he was trying to persuade the faculty to take 5% furloughs. That’s leadership for you.

Get your copy from, and try and predict what stupid stunt the UO administration’s bargaining team will try next. Now on Kindle too. (Full disclosure: If you buy it through the link below, I get a small commission which I’ll spend on public records about HLGR.)


  1. Oryx 05/10/2013

    I was sure this was a mediocre joke, a photoshop job, but then I checked Amazon. It really is the cover! Good find!

  2. Anonymous 05/10/2013

    Is that a cartoon version of Blandy on the front?

    • UO Matters 05/11/2013

      Cartoon version? No, it’s really Doug.

  3. Anonymous 05/10/2013

    This University is run by classless buffoons. See, as exhibit number 1, the absolutely humiliating introduction Gottfredstein had read for himself at the Dalai Lama visit, then forcing a UO/Nike branded visor onto the Lama. Shameful. Shameful. Shameful.

  4. Anonymous 05/11/2013

    That is to say, Gottfredson. He wins The Jackass of the Week award.

    • UO Matters 05/11/2013

      I watched Gottfredson’s introduction. Seemed like standard stuff to me.

  5. Anonymous 05/11/2013

    Even in his white sneakers, Mark Uno was a class act.

    • Anonymous 05/12/2013

      When you’re treating a world religious leader as Phil Knight’s billboard, you’re being a jackass.

  6. Awesome0 05/11/2013

    So here’s my prediction, unless he’s a dummy. Drag out the negotiations to increase billable hours. Then cave, give a 15 percent raise over two years because even though his position is part-time, that would still amount to 15k a year raise at 50%.

    But he might be a dummy.

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