Provost's Updates

New Dean of the School of Law

It is my pleasure to announce that Marcilynn Burke will join the University of Oregon as dean of the School of Law. She will begin on July 1. An outstanding scholar and leader, Burke currently serves as associate dean and associate professor of law at the University of Houston, where she joined the faculty in 2002

Academic Budget Expectations

The University of Oregon faces significant financial challenges, including large operational cost increases, flat state appropriations, financial imbalances in several schools and colleges, market limitations on nonresident tuition, and an unwavering need to enhance our faculty and our excellence. This is the context in which I write to ask for your assistance.

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.