EUGENE, Ore. - The State Board of Higher Education voted unanimously Monday to terminate Dr. Richard Lariviere's contract as president of the University of Oregon, effective December 28th.
Lariviere's contract in 2009 made him a tenured professor at the university, so he may stay on campus.
On Tuesday afternoon, supporters held a rally outside the Erb Memorial Union on campus to support Dr. Lariviere. Hundreds were in attendance.
With Dr. Lariviere out as president, what is next?
Dr. Robert Kyr is the president of the University of Oregon Faculty Senate which represents five constituencies: faculty, students, offices of administration, offices of research, and classified staff.
Kyr was at Monday's meeting in Portland to support Dr. Lariviere. Kyr said he's dissapointed with the State Board of Higher Education's decision, but that the university must move forward.
"It's necessary to move forward and he's asked us to do that. Because, as he [Lariviere] has said, there's more at stake than his employment status," Kyr said.
Kyr said they may find out about an interim president within the next few weeks. Ultimately, the chancellor makes this decision.
"We're in the process of consulting with chancellor pernsteiner about possible interim presidents and those meetings will be going on within the next few days," Kyr said.
The Faculty Senate will be holding an open meeting to the public on Wednesday, November 30 at 3 PM at Mac Court.
The chancellor, members of the State Board of Education and possibly Governor Kitzhaber will be in attendance.
Kyr said they will be discussing action plans on how the university can move forward.
"We want everyone to be there and to speak. They can speak from the floor, offer comments. There will be motions placed at the meetings and they will be voted on. This will be our way forward," Kyr said.