Friday, November 21 is “Remember the Hat” day

Break out your hats and mark the day. On November 21st 2011, three years and four presidents ago, OUS Chancellor George Pernsteiner and Board Chair Matt Donegan came down to UO with their ultimatum demanding Lariviere resign for trying to implement his plan to bring faculty pay to the AAU averages, and trying to set up an independent UO Board. Lariviere refused to leave, so they fired him, on instructions from Governor Kitzhaber. Nigel Jaquiss broke the news on the 22nd.

Phil Knight said it best:

“It deeply saddens me that some people in power in our state continue to drive Oregon into a death spiral with their embrace of mediocrity. It’s yet another application of Oregon’s Assisted Suicide law.

A week later the UO faculty, alumni, boosters, and even a few JH administrators united in protest, hired buses, and went to the board meeting in Portland to protest, with no effect:

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7 Responses to Friday, November 21 is “Remember the Hat” day

  1. Anonymous2 says:

    That’s not why the fired him, sorry.

  2. Sam Dotters-Katz says:

    Something we agree on

  3. Empty Hat says:

    What did the hat do other than give some professors and administrators raises while lower paid state workers got pay cuts? Seems like he wasn’t fired for the privatization board scheme, because that’s exactly what we got anyway.

  4. anonymous says:

    The Hat allowed classified staff to make up our furlough hours (i.e. pay cut) in overtime pay if at all possible, so that we were held harmless. Since we are the lowest-paid staff on campus, that was a big deal for many of us.