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Parker Executive Search execs Wilder & Williams to answer questions

2/9/2015 reminder: Two of the Parker principals, Laurie C. Wilder, President, and Porsha L. Williams, Vice President, will be on campus Wednesday to answer questions about the Presidential Search:

9-10 in the Law School’s 4th floor Lewis Lounge room, then 3-4 at the Senate meeting.

Lewis Lounge holds about 40, so if you get there early please save me a seat.

This search has been in trouble since the day Chuck Lillis and Angela Wilhelms snuck a motion by the board giving Lillis sole authority to pick one finalist. We’ll see if Parker can explain the plan to save it.

2/6/2014:  The New York Times has a story on a problematic previous search by this firm, for Rutgers, here.

You can read the Parker PR flack version of this here, and the SBNation timeline here.

Two of the Parker principals, Laurie C. Wilder, President, and Porsha L. Williams, Vice President, will be on campus Wednesday to answer questions: 9-10 in the Law Schools’ 4th floor conference room, then 3-4 at the Senate meeting.

Here’s hoping the Senate and others step up and make sure we don’t suffer from another due diligence failure, or another president crammed down from above with no faculty buy-in or credibility.

2/5/2014: Board of Trustees posts job notice for new UO President

It seems that the board is willing to accept “passion” in lieu of actual higher education experience. Job notice here:

Posting: 15047
Location: Eugene
Closes: Open Until Filled


The UO seeks an inspirational, passionate, innovative leader and a strategic thinker with stature, distinction, and an exemplary record of leadership—a president who relentlessly pursues and promotes academic excellence, and has a demonstrated and well-articulated passion for public higher education.  The University, located in Eugene, Oregon, is one of the nation’s premier public research universities.  It is designated a Carnegie Doctoral/Research Extensive University, and is one of 62 members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU)—one of only two AAU universities in the greater Northwest.

The president is the UO’s chief executive officer, and the University’s chief academic officer, administrator, spokesperson, fundraiser and advocate.  The president of the UO is expected to be a leader within the community and across the state.  The president is selected by and reports to the Board of Trustees of the University of Oregon.  Together, with the Board, he or she will provide vision and strategic leadership to the UO.

For more information about the position, to read the position profile, to nominate an individual, or to apply, please visit

We are committed to creating a more inclusive and diverse institution and invite applications from qualified candidates who share our commitment to diversity.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

The Parker Executive Search people will be at the Senate meeting this Wednesday. Let’s hope they spare us the usual dog and pony show, and answer some tough questions about the process.

All things considered I think Scott Coltrane is doing a pretty good job with a very difficult situation. So I followed the link, and nominated him for the permanent job.


  1. uO Alum 02/07/2015

    First bullet to attract applicants:
    “a smaller research university providing a more intimate educational experience”
    I’m still considering the meaning.
    A declining research effort with fewer faculty?

    • dog 02/08/2015

      “a smaller research university providing a more intimate educational experience”

      is exactly what the UO was like in the 1980s and very early 90s

      but we were not small per capita during that time in terms
      of Fed research dollars per student FTE

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