Presidential Search

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Presidential Search

The search for the 19th president of the University of Oregon


The Board of Trustees on March 13, 2023, appointed John Karl Scholz as the University of Oregon’s 19th president. Scholz currently is the University of Wisconsin-Madison provost, a role he’s held since 2019, and was previously the dean of the College of Letters & Science at UW–Madison.

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Scholz — a leading economist, professor, and higher education leader — will take office July 1.
The 22-member search committee held dozens of meetings to help craft a presidential profile and position description to serve as a guide in the search for the university’s next president.
January 27, 2023 - The deadline for nominations and applications in the search for the University of Oregon’s next president is next Wednesday, February 1.

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The search

The search officially got underway Sept. 16, 2022, when the UO Board of Trustees approved the establishment of a Presidential Search Committee to begin the process of finding the university’s next top administrator and concluded March 13, 2023, with the appointment of John Karl Scholz as the university’s 19th president.

Learn more about the search

Presidential Profile

During its Dec. 6 meeting, the UO Board of Trustees received and unanimously approved the presidential profile. The profile provides background on the university and includes the president's position summary.

View the profile

Presidential Search Committee

To help facilitate the search, the board has put together a broad and inclusive Presidential Search Committee, chaired by Board Trustee Connie Seeley and vice-chaired by Board Trustee Renée Evans Jackman.

Meet the Committee