Board of Trustees of the University of Oregon
The Trustees of the University of Oregon make up the institutional governing board of the University of Oregon. The board took effect on July 1, 2014.
In 2010, the newly installed UO president, Richard Lariviere, proposed establishing a new governance and funding model for UO. The New Partnership, as it became to be known, sought to establish an independent board and large endowment to fund the university into the future. Funding had become too low and unpredictable for UO officials, and the new model would provide the university with a consistent stream of funding and the legal freedom to borrow money for large capital projects. Lariviere's proposal called for $800 million in state bonds and "an equal amount" of private gifts. The new funds would provide a large boost to UO's then modest endowment.
Ultimately, the New Partnership failed. Lariviere was fired in late-2011. Neither the governance proposal or funding model was established during his presidency.
On March 31, 2012, a Political Action Committee called Oregonians For Higher Education Excellence was formed by Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle. As of May 23, 2012, the organization has raised over $320,000. Notable contributors to the PAC include, Phil Knight, Patrick Kilkenny, and Tim Boyle. According to Boyle, the PAC's stated goal was to help facilitate an increase in autonomy at the University of Oregon.
On April 14, 2015, it was announced that Michael H. Schill will become the next president of the university. This is the board's first major move since the previous president resigned.
UO has initiated three capital campaigns in the last 25 years. The first campaign of this era was launched with a goal of $150 million. It ended up raising a total of $250 million between 1992-1998. The next campaign commenced its quiet phase in 2000. Campaign Oregon, as it was known, raised $853 million, far surpassing the initial goal of $600 million. The most recent campaign's quiet-phase began in 2010, and raised $700 million during this period. This campaign officially launched in November 2014, with a goal of $2 billion.
- Appointed by Governors Kitzhaber and Brown:
- Connie Ballmer '84 (appointed 2013; term expires June 30, 2015), Philanthropist and wife of Steve Ballmer
- Peter Bragdon (appointed 2013; term expires June 30, 2017), Columbia Sportswear executive
- Rodolfo Chapa '81 (appointed 2013; term expires June 30, 2017), Investor and former Nike executive
- Andrew Colas '04 (appointed 2013; term expires June 30, 2017), President of Portland's Colas Construction
- Michael H. Schill (ex officio), President of the University of Oregon
- Ann Curry '78 (appointed 2013; term expires June 30, 2015), Journalist
- Allyn Ford (appointed 2013; term expires June 30, 2017), Forestry executive
- William Paustian (appointed November 2015), Student
- Susan Gary (appointed 2013; term expires June 30, 2017), Faculty
- Joseph Gonyea (appointed 2015; term expires June 30, 2017), CEO of Timber Products Company
- Joseph H. (Joe) Gonyea III (appointed 2013; term expires June 30, 2017), Forestry executive
- Ross Kari '80 MBA '83 (appointed 2013; term expires June 30, 2015), Freddie Mac executive
- Chuck Lillis PhD '72 (board chair) (appointed 2013; term expires June 30, 2017), Business person
- Ginevra Ralph '83 MA '85 (board vice chair) (appointed 2013; term expires June 30, 2015), Community activist
- Mary Wilcox '76 JD '80 (appointed 2013; term expires June 30, 2015), Lawyer
- Kurt Willcox MA '81 (appointed 2013; term expires June 30, 2017), Non-Faculty Staff
- Appointed by Gov. Kitzhaber:
- Sam Dotters-Katz '09 (appointed 2013; resigned June 2014), University of Oregon School of Law Student
- Helena Schlegel (appointed 2014; resigned September, 2015), Student
- Scott Coltrane (ex officio), interim president of the University of Oregon
- "UO enters new era". AroundtheO. University of Oregon. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
- Jaquiss, Nigel. "Flunk a Duck". Willamette Week. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
- Brown, Kate. "Oregonians For Higher Education Excellence". Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
- Jaquiss, Nigel. "New Political Action Committee Will Focus on Higher Ed". Willamette Week. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
- Hammond, Betsy. "New University of Oregon president: Michael Schill, law dean at U of Chicago". The Oregonian. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
- Cremer, Alexandria. "University of Oregon looks to bring in $2 billion with capital campaign". Emerald Media Group. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
- "Oregon Senate confirms the Board of Trustees of the University of Oregon". AroundtheO. University of Oregon. Retrieved 10 April 2014.