Lariviere: It's time to repair the damage

Lariviere: It's time to repair the damage

Oregon’s Truman-MacArthur showdown had its denouement Monday, but its climax came earlier, when Richard Lariviere gave his commander-in-chief reason to believe he had been insubordinate.

Once Gov. John Kitzhaber concluded that the University of Oregon president would not follow orders, Lariviere was as good as gone. The state Board of Higher Education voted unanimously Monday to dismiss Lariviere in 30 days, six months before his contract expires.

Now, it’s time to repair the damage.

The damage is real. Lariviere is perceived on campus and beyond as a fierce advocate for the UO. His removal is seen as punishment for being effective in that advocacy.

 

Read today's Eugene Register-Guard editorial.