Provost's Updates

New chief information officer named

It is my sincere pleasure to announce that Jessie Minton will become our new chief information officer on May 1. She joins us from Oregon Health and Science University, where she has served since 2011.

Flexibility for students with travel challenges

January 9, 2017


Winter term classes at the University of Oregon officially begin Tuesday, January 10, on regular schedule.

Weather hazards and travel problems regionally continue to make it difficult for some students to return and we know that not all returning students will be in Eugene at that time. While roads and walkways in Eugene and on campus are steadily improving, the impact of snow, ice, and extreme cold stretching from Northern California to Washington has caused cancelled flights and delayed most forms of travel.

An update from the provost

December 21, 2016

Dear members of the University of Oregon campus community,

A decision by Professor Nancy Shurtz to wear a Halloween costume that included black makeup on her face and hands at a party she hosted for UO law students, former students, and faculty members forced our campus to face some very difficult truths about racism, ignorance, and the state of inclusivity on our campus. Her costume mimicked the historic stereotype of blackface, and caused offense to many who witnessed it.

Leadership Office Hours

To continue an open dialogue, members of UO leadership have scheduled open office hours over the next several weeks that are available to students, faculty and staff. These office hours offer opportunities for private conversations about ongoing concerns. While there are no easy answers to the many difficult challenges that we face as a community, leaders are available to listen and learn in order to help our campus find solutions and paths forward.

New Lundquist College of Business Dean

I am thrilled to announce that Sarah Nutter, the current dean of the school of business at George Mason University, will take the helm of the University of Oregon Charles H. Lundquist College of Business on January 17, 2017.