Lariviere will speak before vote on his contract

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere will speak to the State Board of Higher Education before board members formally decide whether he will keep his job.

The board meets Monday afternoon in Portland. Lariviere was told last week that his contract will not be renewed when it expires at the end of June. Gov. John Kitzhaber said over the weekend that the Board would be justified in ousting Lariviere because the president has set the interests UO ahead of other universities'.

News of his likely ouster has sparked an outcry in Eugene and an outpouring of support for the president. Lawmakers, faculty and some students say Lariviere elevated the university's stature and fought hard to improve it.

The Board meets beginning at 2 p.m. on the Portland State University campus.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com