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Mike Gottfredson 2nd highest paid public Univ administrator for 2015

So he should be able to pay UO back for his legal defense, right? Andrew Theen has the report in the Oregonian, based on the latest Chronicle data:

Michael Gottfredson, a former University of Oregon president, received more than $1.2 million in compensation during the 2014-15 school year, making him the second-highest paid administrator in the country. …

10/31/2015: Will UO make Gottfredson pay lawyers for Austin v. UO et al.?

His separation agreement says that we paid him $940K in return for him releasing UO

“from any liability for any claims, losses, damages, liabilities, or other obligations (including attorneys’ fees and costs actually incurred) of whatever kind, in law or in equity, statutory or at common law, known or unknown, arising out of or in any way connected to his employment with or separation from employment with the university.”

Seems pretty bullet-proof to me. Good for Chuck Lillis for putting it in there. But I wonder if UO will enforce it? The danger to UO would be that independent Gott lawyers might prefer to try to stick the blame for any errors in how Austin was treated on, say, previous UO General Counsel Randy Geller, or previous interim GC Doug Park, or VPSA Robin Holmes, or AD Rob Mullens, etc. In any case discovery is certainly going to be interesting.

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  1. honest Uncle Bernie 11/01/2015

    I would guess that UO would not want a financially ruined MG singing in front of a court about everything he and anyone else might know about a lot of things at UO …..

    I’m sure this fancy new lawyer they hired to be the new Pres will figure it all out!

    • Sun Tzu 07/18/2016

      Yup, let’s continue to run our University like it is a private corporation., with non-disclosure contracts, ultra high salaries, golden parachutes and lots of perks for mediocre results or worse. Perhaps MG singing in a court room might ruin more than a few UO administrators but in the end that would raise the veil on the short-sighted decisions, corruption and malfeasance that have bedeviled UO for much too long. Isn’t time to shine light on the culprits, including the BoT, that have traded UO’s standing and integrity for personal gain?

  2. honest Uncle Bernie 07/18/2016

    Ah, I recognize the rerun of my sage post from last Fall.

    Personally, I think it’s time to put MG in the past.

    Sad that the Oregonian is reduced to running this stale story again.

  3. thedude 07/18/2016

    Sunk costs are irrelevant. Lets move on…

    • uomatters Post author | 07/18/2016

      I’m no behavioral economist, but …

      Anyway, point taken, just a lazy summer rerun.

  4. Dog 07/18/2016

    This is truly absurd in all dimensions. Does anyone understand what the fuck the UO is doing and why its doing it? Surely this compensation package represents one of the worst investment packages ever!

  5. Schillflation 07/24/2016

    Where does Schill’s roughly $1 million package land in comparison to the Chronicle list?

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