Critics slam ouster of UO president Lariviere

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Critics are heaping scorn on members of the State Board of Higher Education after they told University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere that he will not be returning next year.

The UO's biggest donor, Nike Chairman Phil Knight, called it an "astonishingly bad decision," and state Sen. Floyd Prozanski (prose-AHN'-skee) of Eugene said he's "dumbfounded."

The Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/t9IipT) that so many calls were made to the Oregon University System offices that the phone numbers for individual board members were removed from the website.

Lariviere told students and faculty in an email Tuesday that members of the higher education board informed him his contract would not be renewed when it expires at the end of June. The board is meeting Monday in Portland to vote on a formal decision.