As you likely know President Lariviere has been dismissed by the State Board of Higher Education. When I heard of their plans I immediately worked with Lane County Legislators to fight to keep President Lariviere. Click here to read a letter from Members of the Legislature from Lane County, along with some other Legislators that we sent to the State Board of Higher Education objecting their decision. I have received well over a hundred emails about this situation from students, faculty, alumni, and concerned citizens and business owners. It is a troubling situation that needs serious attention. Oregon and the University of Oregon need the innovative ideas espoused by President Lariviere. Despite his leaving we must continue the work he started.
I've drafted a bill for February 2012 Session to establish independent boards of directors for the three major public universities in Oregon, including the University of Oregon.
Halsey City Council
Rep. Barnhart will give a quick review of the 2011 Legislative Session and then talk about 2012 and beyond.
Town Hall and Coffee
Night Town Hall Meeting:
January 17th: Eugene
I regularly hold coffees, town halls, and speak to other groups around the district. If you would like me to meet with your group please send me an email to arrange.
Report Back on November Meetings
The meetings were extremely productive and I look forward to having more of these types of conversations around the district in January. See the side panel to the left for more details about those upcoming events.
Thank you to the Chief's Restaurant in Coburg, Aunt Dings Restaurant in Walterville, and Creswell Coffee! Each of these establishments had excellent service and I appreciate their wonderful hospitality. If you are in their area make sure to stop in!
Morning Gathering at Creswell Coffee
Just before Thanksgiving I joined Senator Beyer and Representatives Beyer, Hoyle, and Nathanson for a Town Hall meeting at Lane Community College. As you can imagine the discussion mainly focused on funding for higher education. Our colleges and universities are experiencing record enrollment as the effects of the recession drag on and people are ramping up their skill sets to become more attractive job candidates. These institutions are huge economic drivers for the region and we desperately need to find ways to better support them so that students are not saddled with unreasonable debt, but gain marketable skills that will be attractive to new businesses looking to start-up here and businesses that will stay if good workers are available.
Lane Community College Town Hall Meeting
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