Clusters of excellence start with $245K for Jim Bean

6/28/2014 update: Slow Saturday, thought I’d repost this classic. President Gottfredson and Provost Coltrane have now given former Provost Jim Bean a new job – directing UO’s new “Sports Product” cluster of excellence. We’ve been paying him $245K a year for putting the proposal together:

4/16/2012: Bean and Davis rehire John Moseley

Johnson Hall has two simple hiring rules:

  1. When UO has money to hire either a professor or an administrator, hire an administrator.
  2. When choosing between an open search for a new administrator and hiring one of your old friends with no search at twice the pay, hire the old friend.

John Moseley was Dave Frohnmayer’s longtime Provost and Lorraine Davis was his VP for Academic Affairs. Back in 2004 Frohnmayer wrote them both special golden parachute retirement contracts. The Oregonian wrote a story about the questionable deals in 2008. OUS audited Moseley in 2009 and required Jim Bean to write him a new, clean contract, here. The Oregonian wrote another story, here on the audit. In the summer of 2010 Pres Lariviere announced he was killing the UO-Bend program that had served as the justification for Moseley’s pay check. Greg Bolt had this to say in the RG on July 19, 2010:

… Some faculty members who reviewed the budget concluded that the program was costing the university more than $1 million a year beyond what it brought in, draining revenue from the Eugene campus as it struggles with steep cuts in state funding.

But Bean maintains that at least in the program’s most recent years the UO’s Bend efforts were breaking even. “We have gone to minute detail and passed the spreadsheets around, and some people believe them and some people don’t,” he said.

The Bend program also is tied up with another sore spot among some faculty: the post­retirement contract the UO made with former provost John Moseley. After retiring from his full-time provost position at the UO in Eugene, Moseley since 2007 has been working half time as a special assistant to the provost, acting as the liaison for the Bend program on a contract that pays him $124,000 a year.

The large paycheck for part-time work has drawn the ire of many professors. Moseley will continue in his post through next year, which also is when the UO expects to wind down the undergraduate program in Bend.

So by the original Frohnmayer deal and by this report it sure seemed that we would pay Moseley his last paycheck summer 2011. More than enough money to hire one of the 100 new professors that academic plan has been promising.

But nope. He’s still pulling down $10,372 a month in UO salary – plus another $10,095 in PERS. So how is it Moseley is still on the UO books a year after Lariviere said he’d be gone?  Easy: Jim Bean and Lorraine Davis rehired him:

The contract and other emails are here. More on Moseley’s other adventures here.

UO business school to conduct national search for new Associate Dean

12/23/2013: Just kidding. The rumor is that Kees has already decided to give Jim Bean the job, without an open affirmative action compliant public search.

Update: Here’s the email from the LCB Dean announcing the changes. Say what you will about de Kluyver, he sent me a copy of this immediately after I asked him for it. None of the usual public records office delays and fees:

From: Kees de Kluyver <>
Date: December 13, 2013 at 9:16:28 HST
To: LCB Faculty <>, LCB Staff <>, LCB OA’s <>, LCB-PHDs <>
Cc: Scott Coltrane <>, Doug Blandy <>
Subject: ANNOUNCEMENT: LCB Senior Leadership Team

Dear Colleagues:

As you may know, retirement-related considerations (PERS) have prompted Senior Associate Deans Sergio Koreisha and Dave Boush to step down from their administrative posts at the end of this academic year. I am writing to inform you how I intend to address this significant administrative challenge.

Before doing so, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sergio and Dave for their fine work, their unwavering, dedicated support, and their commitment to excellence and teamwork. We owe them a debt of gratitude and wish them all the best as they enter a new stage in their academic career at LCB.

I also note that these kinds of transitions, while difficult, present opportunities to realign functions and responsibilities to deal more effectively with a fast-changing academic landscape – externally as well as inside the UO. As described below, I intend to take advantage of this opportunity.

Specifically, in deciding on a new administrative structure, I was guided by a number of key considerations, including:

1. Our principal mission is academic – teaching and research. We are short of senior faculty and need to “protect” our most research productive faculty from administrative assignments,
2. We are entering a time of new challenges and opportunities – significant faculty recruiting; implementing our strategic plan; AACSB re-accreditation; fundraising and campaign planning; implementing the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA); and a new budget model, to name just a few,
3. We should strive to keep our administrative structure as lean as possible, employing talent – especially tenure-track and tenured academic talent – in the best possible way. Where appropriate, responsibilities traditionally assumed by academic appointees are increasingly handled by professional appointees.
4. Success is critically dependent upon teamwork, experience, and dedication; the administrative structure should reflect these considerations.

After reflecting on these thoughts and consulting with a number of you, I am pleased to announce that effective July 1, 2014, the senior administrative team will be:

· Jim Terborg (.75FTE) – Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs. In this role, Jim will coordinate all faculty-related personnel matters from recruiting to evaluating to promoting to scheduling to rewarding individuals.
· Jim Bean (.60FTE) – Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs. In this position Jim will oversee all academic programs – existing and new – as well as LCB’s Centers of Excellence.
· Stephanie Bosnyk (1FTE) – Associate Dean for Administration. Yes, this represents a promotion for Stephanie reflecting her invaluable contributions to LCB and key role as a member of the leadership team.

As part of this transition, Sergio (0.50FTE) will assume responsibilities as head of the Department of Decision Sciences while Dave Boush (0.50FTE) will become the Executive Director of the OEMBA program in Portland following the (second) retirement of Dale Morse. John Hull will continue in his important role as Assistant Dean for Centers of Excellence, report to Jim Bean, and take on additional responsibilities in the area of marketing.

I thank all of these individuals for their past and future contributions and look forward to working with them in the next academic year. Please join me in congratulating them all on their new roles.

Cordially … Kees

Cornelis A. “Kees” de Kluyver, Dean
Rippey Distinguished Professor
Lundquist College of Business
1208 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403
(541) 346-3300


Admin to fund raises for grants

The union CBA says research faculty will get raises. The administration signed the CBA. The research faculty *will* get their raises. This memo from VP for Research  Espy explains that the money will not come from UO’s research fund – it will come from VP for Finance Moffitt’s emergency fund. $300K. Hell, that’s less than the cost of a Bean.

ODE on UO’s poor benchmarking performance.

11/11/2013: Sami Edge of the ODE reports on the issues, with some interesting quotes from Coltrane. and Jeremy Hedlund. Well worth reading it all, here. The admin’s spin is that UO needs more money. But the state is already giving us grief for holding reserves in excess of the OUS maximums, and of course there are millions going to athletic subsidies, police, golden parachute deals, the White Stag, etc.

RG on Benchmarking, meeting with Gottfredson Update, 11/10/13: Back in August the Register Guard editorial board took a look at Michael Gottfredson’s first year as UO president. They weren’t impressed:

… And if a president proves lacking in either vision of his own or the ability to execute the vision of others, the board can replace him.

Gottfredson’s response to this new arrangement — he’ll be liberated in some ways, more accountable in others — will be telling. The board will expect, even demand, that he become more vocal in articulating the university’s mission, and leave behind the caution that can characterize presidents who are in some respects mid-level state bureaucrats. … 

Today they take another look, after meeting with him Tuesday, just before he flew south to catch the football game with Stanford. Today’s RG editorial mostly focuses on the benchmarking data from Interim Provost Scott Coltrane, and data from the AAUP national union’s Howard Bunsis. Showing under-investment in faculty. Gottfredson does get a shout-out at the end, but there’s no evidence the editors think he’s broken out of that mid-level bureaucrat mode:

Low per-student spending is reflected in many of the other benchmarks. In 2010-11, the UO had the highest ratio of students per tenured or tenure-track faculty member — 35 to 1. The average at other AAU public universities was 23 to 1. 

Five years earlier, the UO’s ratio of tenure-related faculty to students was 32 to 1. The university saw a 20 percent surge in student enrollment during that period, and almost managed to keep pace with a 19 percent increase in the total number of faculty. Nearly all of the increase, however, was among lower-ranked faculty with smaller paychecks and less job security. The UO kept professors in front of its students by watering the soup. 

This conclusion is buttressed by an analysis presented in March by Howard Bunsis, a professor of accounting at Eastern Michigan University and chairman of the American Association of University Professors’ Collective Bargaining Congress. Bunsis found that from 2005 through 2012, the number of part-time faculty at the UO rose 38 percent, while full-time faculty increased by 1 percent. Bunsis also found that among nine AAU public universities, faculty salaries at the UO ranked last — except for instructors, the lowest rank examined, whose salaries ranked fifth.

We’d know more, but Gottfredson hasn’t released the performance review OUS did on him this spring, and 15 months into the job UO doesn’t even have the beginnings of a plan to deal with its problems. The early RG story on the meeting quoted him as saying:

The university increased its faculty ranks by about 20 this fall to address the problem, but it would need about 100 additional faculty to keep up with the enrollment growth of recent years, Gottfredson said. 

“That’s probably our near-term target,” he said.

Probably? What fields? What’s the strategic emphasis? How are you going to reallocate funds? Not very inspirational, or even very organized.

UO releases chilling benchmarking report:

  • Oregonian reporter Betsy Hammond quotes from Provost Coltrane, not President Gottfredson, taking the credit for releasing this report. So where’s our President? On his way to a football game, of course. We are so screwed.
  • RG reporter Diane Dietz gets some Gottfredson quotes, from his talk to the RG editorial board. He sounds sleepy.
  • University cancels former Provost’s lucrative 2 year salary, for unspecified transitional administrative job. No, of course I’m not talking about UO’s Jim Bean. This was at NC State. Despite all UO’s financial troubles, Gottfredson is going to give Bean another $500K for an administrative sinecure.

11/4/2013: The first step is admitting you have a problem. UO has now done this, sort of, with this public “benchmarking report”, posted here. Produced by Academic Analytics, it lays out a plethora of problems, in admirably blunt graphs. The report was posted today on Provost Coltrane’s academic plan website, here. UO paid quite a lot for this info – here are just some of our consulting expenditures over the past year:

This benchmarking effort is part of the secretive strategic plan that President Gottfredson will presumably be discussing with the RG editorial board, this Tuesday at 1:00. So far the UO Senate hasn’t heard a word about this report, or had any input into the development of a financial plan to address these issues. The Senate Budget Committee hasn’t even met this year. Gottfredson won’t even show the faculty UO’s budget projections, which were part of his secret performance review by OUS this spring:

The benchmarking report does not include any of the sort of skeptical inquiry into UO’s priorities and spending that can be found in the faculty union’s Bunsis Report, here.

Research funding, research output per professor, student SATs, graduation rates, PhD production. You name it, we’re at the bottom or close to it. Here’s my look at the report. The takeaway? This is more transparency than we’ve ever before had from Gottfredson, but the report is slanted so as to make the UO faculty look bad, and it omits important data about UO’s spending and donations.


Careful with this one, it’s got a truncated y-axis:

On the other hand we’re doing pretty well serving low income students. I’m guessing most of the retention problem is due to the population of undergrads we are serving – the appropriate population for a public university in a poor state like Oregon:
The faculty teach those undergrads that do stay like crazy. UO faculty produce half again as many graduates per tenure-track faculty as the AAU average:

On the PhD side though, things are grim:

The report has a heavy emphasis on the low research productivity of UO faculty. These data are presumably the reason Gottfredson has abandoned Lariviere’s efforts to get salaries to the AAU comparators – he doesn’t think we’re pulling our weight on the research side:
Of course, if these data accounted for UO’s lack of faculty in fields that are eligible for federal funding, the results would look better. They might even flip. For example, on a per professor basis UO’s faculty are fecund producers of books – the standard output in the liberal arts:
Similarly we don’t do so well on scientific articles – perhaps because we don’t have very many scientists relative to the AAU average? Who knows. While Academic Analytics has those data in spades, the benchmarking report doesn’t show any off those distinctions. Too bad, because it’s exactly the sort of information you would need in order to make intelligent decisions about funding priorities: 
When it comes to finances, it’s interesting to see what UO chooses to report and not report. For total spending per student FTE, we’re at the bottom:
It would be interesting to see that broken out by how the money was spent. Maybe a little too interesting for President Gottfredson. Here’s what Howard Bunsis of the AAUP found when he looked at the numbers. “Institutional Support” means UO’s central administration:
The increase in the JH budget exploded during the Frohnmayer years:
If you look just at salaries, it’s more obvious. Auxiliary Programs is mostly athletics:
Gottfredson still hasn’t made a serious response to the Senate’s call for a decrease in subsidies for the jocks. Instruction and research have been getting the short end of the stick. On the other hand, UO’s expenditures on $244K golden parachute deals for deadwood administrators don’t even get a bar chart. Similarly, there’s nothing in this benchmarking report on UO’s exploding expenditures on the athletic department. So here’s a little data I put together on UO compared to OSU, for research and athletics:
When it comes to the UO Foundation, the report looks bad according to totals, good relative to UO’s budget:

However these data combine giving to academics and to athletics. VP for Development Mike Andreasen has an aspirational goal of raising the academic sides take to 2/3 of the total – but the athletic department won’t cooperate with his fundraising efforts:

Q: what’s the downside to taxing the athletic donations? This last year, a 5% tax would have brought $5-6M to academics. What’s the downside? Would it hurt the core mission of teaching/research side to lose some athletic donations?

Mike Andreasen: People aren’t inspired by this sort of tax or fee. The idea is to get them excited about the UO, then inspire them to give to the academic side. We don’t want to turn off the athletic donor who might become an academic donor.

Comment: Don’t call it a fee or tax, call it an opportunity to help the students.

Mike: we’re building relationships with these people. If a donor doesn’t want to give to something, we don’t want to be in a position to turn down the gift or to aggravate them. We want to get them excited about giving.

Q: What’s your strategy to get academic donations to be a larger percentage?


Q: If we assume that most of the big donors give to athletics, it would require a big shift in culture or donor demographics of donors.

Mike: Most of the big donors are to academics. Most schools have one or two big athletic donors. Most of the athletic donors are small donors – people who donate just so that they can get tickets to the games, and they’re not interested in giving anything else to UO.

The UO Foundation has data on the split – is it possible they won’t release them to the UO President? They won’t tell the CAE much – but what they do reveal suggests that giving to UO academic causes is pretty small:

While I’m posting figures, here’s the latest Org Chart. Coltrane has appointed former Journalism Dean Tim Gleason as his latest special assistant. Who knows what UO’s bloated central administration is now costing us. I’ve got a public records request in for Gleason’s job description. Lorraine Davis’s is here. Totally redacted, of course. Because Step 2 is blindly putting your trust in a higher power.

UO to start sports apparel management program?

11/3/13: Alan Brettman of the Oregonian has the story:

The University of Oregon is exploring the creation of a sporting goods product-management program at its Portland campus, addressing what officials believe is a glaring need for the footwear and apparel-dominated local industry. 

Ellen Schmidt-Devlin, who worked for nearly three decades at Nike and has been an adjunct instructor of sports business the past three years at UO’s Warsaw Sports Marketing Center, has been leading the effort to assess demand in Portland.

Seems like a natural for University of Nike Oregon, and perhaps a use for the White Stag building, the lease for which runs about $2.4M a year. This will have to go through the UO Senate CoC and Undergraduate Council for approval. Here’s hoping they ask some tough questions about the cost. Rumor has it that Jim Bean is working on this, which won’t be cheap.

UO President to revoke Institute of Neuroscience’s charter


10/31/13: State auditors ask UO to seek repayment from former Provost Bean, over $244K pay for a job with no job description or AA compliant search. 

Nah, just kidding. Those rules are for the little people. Former Interim Provost Jim Bean hasn’t had to repay anything – he’s getting more and more.

At the same time that UO was setting up the special sinecure for former provost Jim Bean described below, they asked the Oregon Audits Division to look at pay and overtime for a few low-paid Institute of Neuroscience employees. The gist is that ION had been letting some staff overreport their hours, in lieu of raises. The full audit is here. The RG’s summary:

One supervisor in the department authorized unearned overtime to an employee as a substitute for a raise. The “overtime raise” had been provided to the employee since 2004, the audit found. 

Another department employee was paid for working 34.4 hours a week but worked only 20 hours a week, the audit found. 

Thirteen employees recorded furlough days on days they actually worked. To offset the salary reduction of those recorded furlough days, the 13 employees recorded the same amount of overtime on their timesheets every month from April 2010 to March 2013, the audit found. …

Auditors recommend UO officials comply with state-mandated furlough directives, strengthen payroll controls and determine how much employees were paid for hours not worked and seek reimbursement. 

The Oregonian has more here. My advice, don’t read the comments. Ouch. UO is now supposed to attempt to recover the money from these staff. The basics of the overtime/furlough days swap for UO staff and OAs had been approved by Richard Lariviere, who took a lot of heat for it. Here is the 2010 memo from UO Human resources authorizing this, sent by a helpful staffer.

The deal for UO’s central administrators is a little more generous, and to my mind much harder to justify. Take, for example, former Provost Jim Bean. He announced his resignation in February, after the UO Senate voted 25 to 2 to ask President Gottfredson to conduct a long overdue review of his lack of performance as UO’s top academic officer.

President Gottfredson told the Senate that Bean would “return to the faculty”. Instead, B-School Dean Kees de Kluyver created a new $244,000 a year job for him, as “Associate Dean for Experiential Learning”, without conducting an affirmative action compliant search, or even posting a job ad, or even having a job description.

It also appears that his contract wasn’t signed until 2 months after he started getting paid for this new job. UO had done something similar for Dave Frohnmayer, and in 2011 was told by the same state auditors that did the ION report not to do that again. That full audit report is here. Frohnmayer had to repay a little money. UO promised to stop post-dating employment contracts.

So, what do you think the chances are that President Gottfredson will ask the Audits Division to look into the curious circumstances behind Bean’s hiring and pay?

Assoc Dean James C. Bean, who got the job without a search.
VP for Academic Affairs Doug Blandy, who signed off on Bean’s appointment letter.
B-School Dean C. “Kees” de Kluwyer, who decided this was a worthwhile use of UO money
UO President Michael Gottfredson, who said that Bean would “return to the faculty”, but didn’t follow through.

Here’s the public records request for Affirmative Action search documents, and the response showing there are none. More on this, with the contracts, here.

Subject: Re: Public Records Request 2014-PRR-077 

Date: October 16, 2013 at 8:48:05 PM PDT
To: Lisa Thornton , David Hubin
Cc: Doug Blandy , Penny Daugherty , Kees de Kluyver  

Dear Ms Thornton –  

This is a public records request for documents regarding the appointment of James Bean on 7/1/30 as LCB Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Programs. The appointment letter, signed by UO’s VP for Academic Administration Doug Blandy, is attached. 

Specifically, I ask for documents showing that an Affirmative Action compliant search was conducted, or that the UO’s AAEO Office waived the normal requirement for an AA compliant search. 

I’m ccing VPAA Doug Blandy, who signed Mr. Bean’s appointment letter, and Penny Daugherty, UO’s AAEO Director. They should be easily able to provide the requested documents. In the past UO has provided similar documentation at no charge. 

I ask for a fee waiver on the basis of public interest, as demonstrated by newspaper stories on past golden parachute appointments at UO, and investigations by the US OFCCP, US DOE, and the US District Court for Oregon, regarding past administrative hiring practices at UO. 


From: “Thornton, Lisa” Subject: Public Records Request 2014-PRR-110 

Date: October 25, 2013 at 4:36:49 PM PDT

Dear Mr. Harbaugh- 

The university has searched for, but was unable to locate, documents response to your request, made 10/16/2013,  The office considers this to be fully responsive to your request, and will now close your matter.  

Thank you for contacting the office with your request. 

Lisa Thornton
Office of Public Records
University of Oregon
Office of the President

Latest admin contracts

9/25/2013 update: A simple request like this used to take a few days. Almost 2 weeks, and still no response.

9/16/2013 update: Another year, and a few more boxes and arrows. The new and improved org chart is here. Dave Hubin has said “If we get a request for a contract, we’ll just sent it out.” Let’s check up on that:

Subject: public records request, admin contracts
Date: September 13, 2013 8:28:04 PM PDT
To: Lisa Thornton
Cc: Dave Hubin
Dear Ms Thornton – 
This is a public records request for copies of the current employment contracts for
  • Interim Dean Scott Coltrane
  • Former Dean Jim Bean
  • VPEI Yvette Alex-Assensoh
  • VP for Advancement Michael Andreassen
  • VPSA Robin Holmes
  • VP for Enrollment Roger Thompson
  • VP for R Kimberly Espy
  • VPFA Jamie Moffitt
  • General Counsel Randy Geller
  • Senior VPAA Doug Blandy
  • VPAA Barbara Altman
  • Journalism Dean Doug Blandy
  • Pres Chief of Staff Greg Rikhoff
I ask for a fee waiver on the basis of public interest.

10/4/2012: Forthcoming in the NYT’s Sunday Magazine’s education supplement:

Eugene, Ore: Just eleven months ago the sudden firing of beloved President Richard Lariviere devastated morale on the University of Oregon Campus. But now faculty and student leaders are crediting new President Mike Gottfredson and Interim Provost Jim Bean with initiating a bold new plan for UO’s future.  

“With Richard, everything was outside the box. Gottfredson, on the other hand – well, let’s just say he has spent two months doing some tidy work with his org chart” said one former faculty Senate president. 

The new union leadership has been equally supportive. “After seeing this I’ve got new hope for UO’s future. Sure, competitive pay, space, graduate student support, and some respect from the administration would be nice, but this visionary org chart has already convinced two of my colleagues to reject lucrative outside offers at top 20 schools.”

 One department chair, who asked not to be quoted by name, said “I was one of the 50 out of 50 department heads who voted to tell Pernsteiner and Kitzhaber we did not want Jim Bean to be interim President. But when he showed up at the leadership retreat on Monday and unveiled this we were blown away by all the boxes and how the lines came together right at the source of UO’s past failures. The long silence in the room spoke volumes. Bean has earned his right to be the bottom in that big box.”

Kitzhaber tells Knight, Frohnmayer to bug off from University of Nike board

8/16/2013 update: The good governor’s nominations are due Monday. Jonathan Cooper has the story for the AP, in the RG.

The official version is that they decided to withdraw their names from Gottfredson’s bizarre 50 person list of nominees. We are supposed to believe that President Gottfredson neglected to get their permission before nominating them? It’s possible, since last I heard he’d put Jim Bean in charge of dealing with the board. Or maybe this petition from students had an effect.

I suppose this means Pat Kilkenny is still on the list, but his recent land dealings near UO probably disqualify him too:

PORTLAND — Nike co-founder Phil Knight has asked Gov. John Kitzhaber not to consider him for a spot on a new governing board for the University of Oregon. Knight was one of nearly 50 people recommended by UO President Michael Gottfredson for the 11- to 15-member board. 

Knight’s assistant says in a letter dated Aug. 9 that Knight was honored to be included but would like to have his name withdrawn from consideration. The letter says Knight will continue to support the university and looks forward to working with the new board. 

Two other prominent officials also withdrew their names: Dave Frohnmeyer (sic), a former attorney general and UO president, and Ann Aiken, a federal district judge based in Eugene.

7/31/2013 update: Diane Dietz has an excellent story in the RG, comparing the approaches of OUS President Ed Ray and UO President Mike Gottfredson on the role of independent boards. Read it all. No quotes from Gottfredson of course, I don’t think he’s done an interview before or since this one with Dash Paulson for the ODE on Jan 28.

Gottfredson’s handling of this has been a disaster. First the “asked and answered” meeting with the faculty, his evasive written comments on the implications for the Senate and Constitution, the appointment of Bean to write the by-laws, putting Geller and Rudnick in charge of negotiating shared governance and refusing to let them even mention the Senate in the CBA, and now this bizarre list of trustee recommendations to Kitzhaber.

7/30/2013: According to Betsy Hammond of the Oregonian, this is the list UO sent to Kitzhaber for potential UO Board Trustees. His selections will be public Aug 19. Obviously this is the kitchen sink list produced to avoid offending anyone, not Gottfredson’s real recommendations, or forecasts of what Kitzhaber might be willing to accept politically:

Will the circle be unbroken? Bean has no contract?

7/31/2013: Back in July 2011 UO got in trouble with the State auditors for post-dating Frohnmayer’s retirement contracts and no bothering to specify what work he’d done for the money. Then Bean got in trouble with Davis for hiring his buddy John Moseley for an extended post-retirement gig without bothering to write a contract. Davis had to write another retroactive one while Bean was on sabbatical, and she chewed out Bean for it. Then in April 2013 Gottfredson announced Bean would “return to the faculty effective 7/1/2013” And now Bean is working for UO without a contract – if he’s still working for UO that is. From the UO Public Records Office yesterday:

The university does not possess documents responsive to your request for “a copy of the current employment contract(s) for James C. Bean“.  The office considers this information to be fully responsive to your request, and will now close your matter.  Thank you for contacting the office with your request.

My April 2012 request for docs on the unusual deals between Bean and Moseley, including the retroactive contract and Davis email, was quickly followed by Bob Berdahl’s clampdown on public records releases, which has continued under President Gottfredson. I did get the response above without having to pay a fee, but it took 11 days

Register Guard reports on Rudnick, Gottfredson, union negotiations, and UO governance

7/28/2013: Read my lips: President Gottfredson and his administrators are the University of Oregon, not the faculty and students. And after a full year on the job, President Gottfredson still doesn’t know if he’s willing to shift the millions in athletics subsidies back to academic purposes. Story in the Sunday RG by Diane Dietz:

(Sorry for posting this excellent photo without permission, Mr. Carter.) The UO administration’s well paid negotiating team, L to R:

Apparently President Mike Gottfredson was not willing to sit for an interview with the RG about this, nor was his General Counsel Randy Geller, or his lead negotiator Sharon Rudnick. But between the photo and this typically incoherent quote from Journalism Dean Tim Gleason on how the new UO Board of Trustees will share governance responsibilities with the UO faculty, I’d say Ms Dietz manages to capture the situation pretty well anyway:

“We want to make sure that when there is a contract that that contract is absolutely clear, that … there isn’t stuff in the contract that isn’t relevant to that contractual relationship.” 

— Tim Gleason, Member of administration bargaining team

The story goes on to explain the uncertainty surrounding the role of the new independent board in shared governance.

Who is writing the by-laws that will govern the board’s relationship with UO? Jim Bean. Gottfredson fired him from his job as UO CEO and provost, after a resolution by the UO Senate in February made it impossible to ignore the extent of faculty discontent with his lack of performance. But then Gottfredson gave him this as a sinecure, apparently at his full provost’s salary of $320,000 a year.

Things are not off to a good start. Kitzhaber will appoint the UO Board of Trustees on Aug 19th. They could start by telling Gottfredson to replace Bean with someone who has the university’s trust and respect. And if that doesn’t work, as of 7/1/2014 they’ll have the power and responsibility to replace Gottfredson.

A second story explains the differences in the union and administration raise proposals. They are currently about $6 million apart, less than 1% of UO’s $800 million budget. The administration has accumulated about $150 million in reserves, much of it since the second and third rounds of the Lariviere raises were canceled.

Reserves are now so high that our VP for Finance has had to explain to OUS why she is holding the extra $15M. 

Harry B. Miller should ask for a refund

6/16/2013: Those who have heard Bean babble on about online-ed and MOOCs will love this proposal for MOOAs. (Thanks to commenter for link.)

And by popular demand here’s the budget for LCB: Instructional salary expenditures up 44% since 2008, administrative costs up 194%. And that’s before the $320K + OPE beamer is back on the payroll, and all the new hiring that Dean Kees gets into below. Oh wait, Bean will probably get most of his money from the instructional account. Hilarious.

6/15/2013. I’m speechless. I like the banjo though, even if it’s missing a string ;).

Harry B. “Ham” Miller James C. “Beamer” Bean C. “Kees” de Kluwyer

I’ll get Bean’s contract in July, but I’m guessing he will get $320K, and keep the JH parking spot for his beamer. President Gottfredson should be embarrassed. LCB Dean Kees de Kluyver is shameless. Ham Miller was a central Oregon lumberman, great history and photos of the family business here. Read the entire letter from de Kluwyer on how Bean will escape his teaching responsibilities, and other LCB news:

2.      Jim Bean returns to LCB. As you know, Jim Bean will return to LCB on July 1 as the Harry B. Miller Professor of Business. For this summer and the 2013-2014 academic year Jim will still have significant central administrative responsibilities related to (a) preparing  bylaws and staffing proposals for an independent UO board, (b) developing a systematic plan to enhance the presence at the UO of faculty in scientific and technical fields, especially those with research and teaching interests in transformational areas, (c) shaping UO capital campaign objectives, and (d) continuing the planning for the White Stag facility and development of campus interests in Portland.
Jim will also hold the title of Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Programs in LCB. In this (part-time) role he will lead the development of a proposal for a Portland-based UO interdisciplinary graduate (Masters) degree program in Sports Product Management. The proposal calls for this cutting edge program to be offered by LCB, in conjunction with faculty from A&AA, SoJC and the Law School. In the development of this proposal, Jim will be working with Ellen Devlin (consultant), Roger Best (Emeritus faculty) and the Warsaw Center faculty and staff on the design of the program, with UO Portland staff on issues of space and administrative support, and with myself, the Deans of A&AA and Journalism, and the UO’s Senior Vice Provost on issues of implementation, staffing and funding.
Full email:
From: Kees de Kluyver <>
Subject: Thank You for Another Great Year!
Date: June 14, 2013 4:24:13 PM P

Dear Colleagues:
With the academic year coming to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for an outstanding year of accomplishments and wish you a productive and restful summer. I hope to see you at one or more of our graduation ceremonies later today or on Monday. In the meantime, I ask you to carefully read the balance of this message for a few important announcements.  Please do not hesitate to call or visit if you have any questions.
1.      We have two “seniors” in the Dean’s office. Sergio Koreisha and Dave Boush will have the new title of Senior Associate Dean effective July 1. This change was made in view of recent and pending internal organizational changes (John Hull’s promotion to Assistant Dean for Center Operations, Jim Bean’s appointment as a part-time Associate Dean – see below) and to more closely resemble the most prevalent academic structures in peer business schools.  
2.      Jim Bean returns to LCB. As you know, Jim Bean will return to LCB on July 1 as the Harry B. Miller Professor of Business. For this summer and the 2013-2014 academic year Jim will still have significant central administrative responsibilities related to (a) preparing  bylaws and staffing proposals for an independent UO board, (b) developing a systematic plan to enhance the presence at the UO of faculty in scientific and technical fields, especially those with research and teaching interests in transformational areas, (c) shaping UO capital campaign objectives, and (d) continuing the planning for the White Stag facility and development of campus interests in Portland.
Jim will also hold the title of Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Programs in LCB. In this (part-time) role he will lead the development of a proposal for a Portland-based UO interdisciplinary graduate (Masters) degree program in Sports Product Management. The proposal calls for this cutting edge program to be offered by LCB, in conjunction with faculty from A&AA, SoJC and the Law School. In the development of this proposal, Jim will be working with Ellen Devlin (consultant), Roger Best (Emeritus faculty) and the Warsaw Center faculty and staff on the design of the program, with UO Portland staff on issues of space and administrative support, and with myself, the Deans of A&AA and Journalism, and the UO’s Senior Vice Provost on issues of implementation, staffing and funding.
3.      Two new additions to the BoA. I am pleased to announce two outstanding individuals have joined the BoA:
·         Ross J. Kari recently retired from the position of chief financial officer of Freddie Mac. He held this position since September 2009 and was responsible for the company’s financial controls, accounting, investor relations, financial planning and reporting, tax, capital oversight, and compliance with the requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley. Additionally, he oversaw the Investment and Capital Markets division and management of Freddie Mac’s mortgage investment activities.
Ross is a veteran finance executive with broad experience in the mortgage business and financial services industry. Previously, he served as chief financial officer of Fifth Third Bancorp in Cincinnati, Ohio. Before joining Fifth Third, Ross served as executive vice president and CFO of Safeco Corporation in Seattle where he managed a team of 250 financial professionals and helped grow business line revenue while enhancing essential risk management processes. From 2002 to 2006, he served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for another housing government-sponsored enterprise, the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco.
Ross spent a large portion of his career at Wells Fargo from 1983 to 2001, during which time he rose from senior financial analyst to executive vice president and chief financial officer. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and earned his MBA in Finance, graduating first in his class, both from the University of Oregon.
·         Merritt Richardson leads NIKE Golf’s efforts to create premium apparel and footwear for modern, athletic golfers around the world.  She is responsible for providing strategic guidance and aligning the creative ideas and energy of a team of product managers, designers and merchandisers against the needs of athletes to drive profitable growth for the business.
Prior to this role, Merritt’s experiences have ranged from administering the annual budget process for the entire company to directing the teams that create footwear for women runners; from a special assignment with the CEO to a stint in NIKE’s renowned Innovation Kitchen to overseeing the Brand’s efforts related to the 2012 London Olympics.
A native Oregonian, Merritt received a B.S. in Business Administration from Oregon State University, but her sport allegiances lie firmly behind the University of Oregon Ducks.  She is currently serving as a board member for the UO Student-Athlete Mentoring Program and is a past board member of the Oregon Club of Portland, which raises awareness and funding for UO Athletics.  She and her family are long-time devoted Duck football supporters, travelling to all games, home and away.
4.      Branding for a capital campaign. Many of you heard the brand story presentation by Chris Van Dyke at our most recent faculty meeting. Chris and the other members of the Songlines team interviewed many of you and generated distinctive themes that can be developed into a compelling message for the college. 
We plan to carry this effort forward so that, with all deliberate speed, we can identify a single differentiating slogan. To this end I have appointed a task force (Dave Boush, John Hull, Jim Engelhardt, Rebecca Monro, Katie Rohrer) whose charge will be to continue the discussion over the summer and into the fall.  They will talk with many of you who were interviewed by Songlines and any of you who wish to weigh in for the first time.
Perhaps most importantly, they will coordinate with Tim Clevenger, the newly-appointed Associate Vice President for Communications, Marketing and Brand Management to align our branding with the University’s efforts. Once we land on a single message, the task force will develop a full marketing communications campaign that we can present to potential donors to roll out in early 2014.
5.      Building Issues. Work on the Chiles Exterior Renovation project will begin on Tuesday, June 18.  For the first week scaffolding and temporary fencing will be installed and other prep work will take place.  The demo work of the bricks is set to begin around June 27.  The Chiles Complex will be closed off during the project with the exception of the IS/IT Offices and Building Management on the 3rd floor of Chiles.  The demolition will be noisy and staff most impacted will be temporarily moved.  Classrooms in Peterson & Lillis that are most impacted have been closed for the summer. The work will continue through the first part of September.  As the project progresses, we will provide updates related to timelines.   
Please note:
o   293 Anstett will serve as the Technology Lab space for Summer 2013, with 30 computers and one printer available for student use.
o   262 Lillis will be the Technology Classroom (takes the place of 225 Chiles),with 30 computers available for student use.
o   The BRI is closed during the summer — We will keep Katie Mercurio & Ben Foster up to date if any opportunities open up for its use
o   Access to Building Management and the Information Services Staff can be gained through 3rd floor of Chiles; the Lab area will be closed off
o   Classrooms in Peterson, Lillis & Chiles that are closed for summer:  Peterson (101, 102, 103, 105, 107); Chiles (128, 225 & 1225A & 125B); Lillis (111, 211)
o   The bike lockers between Chiles & Lillis will not be accessible.  If you have one, the Parking & Transportation area either already has or will contact you with a new space for summer.
If you have any questions about any of these building issues, please contact Frank Sharpy at extension 6-4794, Shandon Bates at extension 6-3814, or me.  We look forward finishing the update of Chiles.  Your patience is appreciated.
Cornelis A. “Kees” de Kluyver, Dean
Rippey Distinguished Professor
Lundquist College of Business
1208 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403
(541) 346-3300


Candidate update: Bean forces Karen Sprague to step down

Updated 5/24/2013: Having fired Karen Sprague for being insufficiently servile, Bean now has a list of replacements. Quality ones, actually. No doubt it’s a lot easier to get good people to apply when they know they’ll be working for Coltrane instead of Bean:


We present, for your consideration, an outstanding pool of finalists for Vice Provost of Undergraduate Studies: 

Dr. Robert L. Davis, Professor of Spanish; Director of Language Instruction, Romance Languages; and Scholar in Residence, Global Scholars Hall 

Dr. Lisa Myōbun Freinkel, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Head, Department of Comparative Literature 

Dr. Amalia Gladhart, Professor of Spanish and Head, Department of Romance Languages 

Dr. Ben Saunders, Professor of English and Director, Undergraduate Minor in Comics Studies 

Letters of interest and CVs are posted at 

Please engage them at their public presentations and any other meetings to which you have been invited.  The schedule will be available next week at the link listed above.  After each candidate visit, a survey link will be activated on the same webpage as a way for you to give me your feedback. I look forward to reading your perspectives on the candidates.  Please contact me at if you have any concerns or comments on the process. 

Jim Bean
Senior Vice President and Provost

Update 2/16/2013: Apparently this happened Friday. I don’t know much about this but it seems to be yet another non-sensical Bean decision. Or just as likely a Lorraine Davis one, since Bean doesn’t know how to make decisions. A commenter says it all:

She wasn’t fired – she was asked to step down as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies. Just one more example of Bean focusing on the wrong thing. Instead of taking care of real problems ( Espy, deKluyver, Union negotiations) he’s focused on an area that doesn’t seem to be a critical issue right now. Something about deck chairs comes to mind. 

And now Gottfredson and Bean will have to redraw their org chart. The Executive Leadership Team will be in a tizzy for months.

Sprague Letter 10/15/2012: We’re get an increasing number of emails like this – please keep forwarding them. Given Johnson Hall’s abysmal track record the faculty needs to be in the loop sooner, rather than later:

Jim Bean has let me know that he is considering eliminating Undergraduate Studies – presumably dispersing the offices within it to other units.   New Student Orientation has already been moved to Enrollment Management – something that Lorraine Davis did shortly before this summer’s orientation began in July. 

               Jim’s decision does not seem to be based on dissatisfaction with performance — either mine, or that of Undergraduate Studies generally.    He prefaced his discussion with me by saying that he thought the creation of Undergraduate Studies was a “stroke of genius” and that I’d done a good job.   He gave three reasons for thinking that Undergraduate Studies is not needed, or perhaps no longer needed: 

1.      1.  “The portfolio is a potpourri of things that don’t make sense.”   Apparently, the rationale for bringing together the units within Undergraduate Studies (Orientation, First -year Programs, Academic Advising, Teaching and Learning Center, and Accessible Education Center (formerly, Disability Services) ) has never been clear to Jim. 

2.      2.   “When Undergraduate Studies was created, there was nothing else.  In particular, there was no Enrollment  Management or Office of Equity and Inclusion.  Now we have those things, so functions connected with students can be handled differently.”    It’s actually not true that Undergraduate Studies was created because there was no Enrollment Management group to provide its function.   At the time, Enrollment Management was headed by Jim Buch and it included the traditional units:  Registrar, Financial Aid, and Admissions.   Moreover, it was Jim Buch, along with John Moseley, who saw the need to connect units like those in Undergraduate Studies more tightly to the academic heart of the university, and so they moved them out of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs and into Undergraduate Studies.  In my opinion, that need still exists. 

3.      3.   “There are too many Vice Provosts, but we need another one (VP for Integrative Programs) and the faculty won’t stand for an increase in administration.” [Emphasis added.]

I don’t agree with Jim Bean’s ideas, and think that Undergraduate Studies has accomplished a lot, that our influence will continue to be needed, and that we are poised to accomplish even more in partnership with Ian McNeely in CAS.  I’m sending this message because I think it’s important for faculty to know what may happen to Undergraduate Studies.   If you want to talk with me directly, just give me a call or send an email. 

Karen U. Sprague
Professor of Biology
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies

Update. Bean divestiture committee meets

4/25/2013: Word down at the faculty club Jai Alai court is that Gottfredson is going to appoint an interim provost soon, without jumping through any of the Senate hoops. Just how Bean got the job. Presumably Doug Blandy is the man – because UO has no standards:

4/23/2013: Sami Edge has the story in the ODE. On March 13 the UO Senate voted unanimously for this:


For the interim search, the goal is to quickly identify a short list of candidates and forward it to the University President. The University President will consult with the PSC, the Senate Executive Review Committee, and the FAC, taking into consideration the principles detailed below. 

The University President and the PSC shall seek and accept nominations. The expectation is that these will be internal candidates, however external candidates may also be considered. After receiving nominations and confirming that the nominees are interested in serving, the President and the PSC will ask for statements and conduct interviews as they see fit. The PSC shall consult with the President and identify at least three finalists. 

Each finalist should prepare a written public statement, meet with the FAC and the Senate Executive Committee, and give a public presentation to the university community on the current challenges facing the university and its future direction. Each presentation will include an open Q and A session. Following the interview process, the PSC shall solicit feedback on the candidates from the university community. 

The PSC will then forward a ranking of the finalists with detailed commentary and recommendations to the University President.

But I haven’t heard a peep about the interim search. Anyone?

Bean to "return to the faculty". Search committee announced.

4/4/2013: Faculty? Strange, I don’t see Jim Bean’s name on the list of faculty teaching B-School classes this fall. Didn’t we pay him $200K to take a sabbatical last year, so he could prepare for his return to teaching? His faculty appointment is for $186K a year. We’re currently paying him $331K (includes beamer) to serve as interim provost. I’m guessing we’ll be paying him the $331K next year, and he won’t teach a single course. Then he’ll get put on TRP at his provost’s salary. No worries, Jamie Moffitt has plenty of reserves set aside for Johnson Hall administrative pork.

But the good news is that Gottfredson has sort of followed the procedures in the Senate resolution for a new Provost search. Not clear if this committee will also help find an interim provost, as called for in the motion, or how transparent that process will be. Honestly, there are not a lot of credible candidates for interim provost. But wait, Gottfredson’s still got Lorraine on the payroll!

Comments welcome.

Dear Colleagues, 

As previously announced, Senior Vice President and Provost Jim Bean will return to the faculty on July 1. I am pleased to announce the Selection Advisory Committee for Provost (see below), a group that will begin work immediately on this national search. The committee will be assisted by a search firm and staffed by central administration.
The committee will help develop the position description and will work with the search firm to build and evaluate a strong pool of candidates. That process will include opportunity for the campus community and external stakeholders to provide input on key qualities and characteristics of our next provost, as well as to suggest nominees.
Shortly, we will announce plans to fill the provost position for the interim period after July 1, 2013. 

I want to thank the committee members for their willingness to serve in this important capacity, the UO Senate and Faculty Advisory Committee leadership for providing consultation, and Professor Alec Murphy who has agreed to chair the committee. 

Michael Gottfredson
April 2013
Prof. Alec Murphy, chair, CAS geography
Prof. Krista Chronister, College of Education
Prof. Karen Ford, CAS English
Prof. Mark Johnson, CAS philosophy
Prof. Rob Kyr, School of Music and Dance, President of UO Senate
Prof. Michelle McKinley, School of Law
Prof. Robert Melnick, School of Architecture & Allied Arts
Abigaelle Mulligan, undergraduate student
Prof. Ken Prehoda, CAS chemistry
Lisa Raleigh, CAS Director of Communications
Prof. Eric Selker, CAS biology
Prof. Kim Sheehan, School of Journalism & Communication
Prof. Lynn Stephen, CAS anthropology, Director of CLLAS
Chuck Theobald, Info Tech Consultant, Lewis Center for Neuroimaging
Roger Thompson, VP for enrollment management
Prof. Mia Tuan, Assoc. Dean, Graduate School
Mark Watson, Associate University Librarian
Jenee Wilde, graduate student, CAS English and folklore
Lead committee staff:
Margaret Mahoney, Assistant Vice President for Academic Administration, Office of the Provost