Well, it’s been decided, collegiettes! UO President Lariviere’s last day will be December 28th. After numerous rallies, meetings, and protests, the board voted, with much urging by Oregon University System Chancellor George Pernsteiner, unanimously to fire him.
“We cannot allow an important team member to undermine the goals and success of the whole institution,” board member Allyn Ford said.
In June, Lariviere’s contract was reportedly renewed with the requirement “that he stop advocating for the UO’s independence,” something his supporters have argued in favor of.
While Governor Kitzhaber said he would support the board in firing Lariviere, U.S. Rep. Defazio disagreed, saying “the state board had let itself become “mired in a fight for control” without appreciating the quality work happening at UO.”
One thing is for sure: the future of UO has a big question mark over its head as the search for a new president begins.