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Professor Bill Harbaugh, a.k.a. UO Matters, to retire from UO on March 15

Last updated on 03/12/2024

I’ve taught at UO since 1995, and thanks to my students and colleagues in economics and other departments, and the many helpful staff and OA’s, it has been a wonderful place for me. That said I’m looking forward to a new and different life at the end of a dirt road on Orcas Island. The blog will continue with help from others, so keep those rumors and documents coming. Guest posts, including non-defamatory ones, are always welcome. uomatters at gmail dot com.

To my students: Yeah it is weird that my paycheck stops a week before the end of the term, but I think they’ll still let me post your grades.

20 Comments

  1. Jane Doe 03/11/2024

    Somehow exile on an obscure northern island seems a fitting end to this story. I think the only other appropriate way to go was crushed beneath the rubble of PLC.

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    • UO Matters Post author | 03/13/2024

      Agreed – but I’ve still got a few more days of office hours to worry about, so I’m keeping an eye on ShakeAlert.

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  2. New Year Cat 03/11/2024

    I will miss seeing your very informative blog posts from ground zero, but I’m glad the blog will continue in some fashion. So happy you are going to be able to retire and go someplace wonderful! Orcas….paradise! Is that the view from your new place? Lovely!

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  3. Your Momma 03/11/2024

    Nobody cares.

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    • UO Matters Post author | 03/11/2024

      … and last but not least I’d like to acknowledge this blog’s more obnoxious commenters for their witty remarks – I’ll miss you too.

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  4. Boniface59 03/11/2024

    Best wishes!

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  5. A fan 03/12/2024

    Bill,
    I’ve greatly appreciated your coverage of all things UO and higher ed over the years, always with powerful insight and humor as well. I’m from the university up the road in Corvallis and we have no one that does anything like you do with this blog. Thank you.

    • UO Matters Post author | 03/12/2024

      Thanks, fan. As it happens I still own the http://osumatters.com domain name and I’m willing to put it into good hands in return for the customary peaty emolument.

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  6. Mike Schill 03/13/2024

    Bill,

    For seven years you were both my friend (something only a relatively few knew) and my biggest pain in the a—. You never ceased to surprise in UO Matters. Some days I would laugh; some days I would want to wring your neck. But I, like many, learned a great deal from you. And, I always felt that deep in your crusty heart you and I both shared the belief that the State of Oregon deserved a great university. You contributed to this goal in a number of ways, not the least being how much you cared about our students. On that we were 100% aligned. I hope that you and your amazing wife Marjorie enjoy your new lives in Washington. Come see me in Evanston… maybe I can finally get you to go to a football game when Northwestern plays Oregon???

    Big hug, Mike

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    • UO Matters Post author | 03/13/2024

      Thanks Mike! Among the many things I appreciated about you as Pres was your generosity of spirit. I think you know that there’s no way in hell I’m coming to a football game, but if things get rough at NW you and Max are always welcome to use the tiny house for a hideout. Easy float-plane access. He’s gotta promise not to bark at the cats though.

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  7. George Pernsteiner 03/13/2024

    Bill–We did not usually agree (although that occasionally happened, kinda like blue moons). And I agree with Mike that you sometimes could be a pain. Although I may sometimes have doubted the veracity of or motivation for your claims, I never questioned your commitment to the University of Oregon, to its students, and to its quest for excellence. So, thank you for staying true to that. Best wishes as you embark on a journey that begins at the end of a dirt road in rural Washington–the way I started mine.

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    • UO Matters Post author | 03/13/2024

      Thanks George, this is very kind of you considering the persistence with which I pursued some of our disagreements!

  8. Marc Feldesman 03/18/2024

    Bill: we shared a number of common issues. I read your blog religiously, always looking for pearls of wisdom that might make it into mine.

    Best wishes on a fabulous retirement. Keep in mind that a successful retirement is one in which wondering about how you had time to work is the best. Hope you get to experience fun busyness in your glory days.

    • UO Matters Post author | 03/18/2024

      Mr Fearless! You were an inspiration to UO Matters, and the only reliable source of PERS information for many, many retirees before me. It’s an honor to have my retirement noted by the master of retirements. (The PERSINFO blog is archived here: http://persinfo.blogspot.com)

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  9. Tug o' the Forelock 03/20/2024

    As a relative newcomer and a staffer, I was so grateful to stumble upon this blog to find out what was REALLY going on in the university. You have my thanks and my best wishes for a long and happy retirement.

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    • UO Matters Post author | 03/20/2024

      Thanks Forelock!

  10. Raghu Parthasarathy 03/20/2024

    Congratulations, Bill, and thanks for putting so much work into this site for so long. You’ve brought up topics that needed to be brought up, and spurred a lot of conversations. Plus, you outlasted a dozen or so presidents! We’ll keep in touch!

    • UO Matters Post author | 03/21/2024

      Thanks Raghu, I still think the two of us would have made a great 3/4 Price Provost. Come up and try out the boat elevator!

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  11. My First Post 03/27/2024

    Best wishes for your well-deserved retirement, Prof. UOMatters, with many thanks for your devotion to the commonweal.

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  12. moss defender 03/30/2024

    great choice and it sounds like a splendid place to be – thanks for all you have done here to mitigate UO and the creepy foundations boorish and bullheaded shenanigans and skullduggery

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