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."