Thursday, November 24, 2011

Richmond in RG: Divorce papers with Board

Today's Register Guard has a front page article by Greg Bolt on the Lariviere firing. Not too much new information, although it does confirm that the Monday meeting is the real deal. There are good quotes from several members of campus, including Senate member Peter Keyes. Eugene businessman Brian Obie discusses the political cost to the Governor of supporting this action. If anything is going to change, it has to be clear that this political cost is going to be very large--across the state and not just in Eugene. Only the Governor can intervene at this point (contact him at
One of the more interesting quotes is from Chemistry professor Geri Richmond, who has served on the State Board of Higher Education:
Geri Richmond, a chemistry professor and former member of the state board, said Lariviere’s treatment will make it hard for people on campus to support the university system’s leaders.
“There will be complete disregard on this campus for anything the chancellor has to say, or the board,” she said. “I think what this has done, unfortunately, is create divorce papers for the U of O and the board and chancellor. I don’t see it any other way, given what you’ve seen today in terms of the outpouring of support for Richard.”

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