Michael H. Schill is the 18th president of the University of Oregon. He was appointed by the UO Board of Trustees and began his tenure on July 1, 2015. As president, Schill has launched a series of initiatives to advance the university’s three priorities: enhancing academic and research excellence, supporting student access and success, and improving the campus experience and diversity. In October 2016, Schill announced the launch of the historic Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, a groundbreaking billion dollar initiative to transform science innovation at the UO. Schill also holds a tenured faculty appointment in the University of Oregon School of Law.
Schill previously served as the dean and Harry N. Wyatt Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. Prior to joining the University of Chicago in 2010, Schill served as the dean of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law from 2004 to 2009. His other faculty appointments include tenured positions as professor of law and urban planning at New York University and professor of law and real estate at the University of Pennsylvania.
A nationally recognized expert in property, real estate, and housing law and policy, Schill is the author or co-author of three books and numerous scholarly articles. His work includes studies of the determinants of value in condominium and cooperative housing, the impacts of housing programs on property values, the enforcement of Fair Housing laws, mortgage securitization, and the deregulation of housing markets. His casebook, Property, co-authored with James Krier, Greg Alexander, and Lior Strahilevitz is one of the best-selling casebooks used in American law schools.
In 2004, Schill founded the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University. Under his and subsequent leadership, the Furman Center has become one of the nation’s leading research centers on housing and the built environment.
In addition to serving as the president of the University of Oregon, Schill is a member of the Board of Trustees of Ithaka, the nonprofit organization that owns JSTOR, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Schill graduated with an AB in public policy from Princeton University in 1980 and a JD from the Yale Law School in 1984. He and his sister are the first in their family to earn a college degree.