Museum considers ousted Univ. of Ore. president

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The University of Oregon's ousted president is the top candidate to lead The Field Museum, a natural history center in Chicago.

Museum spokeswoman Nancy O'Shea tells The Oregonian (http://bit.ly/HGqnoK ) that the board of trustees will decide Tuesday whether to name Richard Lariviere (lah-RIHV'-ee-ayr) its president and chief executive.

Lariviere is a Sanskrit scholar and longtime college administrator who was hired to lead the University of Oregon in 2009. The State Board of Higher Education fired him in November, saying his fight to advance Oregon's flagship university was harmful to the state's other campuses.

Lariviere was not available for comment on the museum position.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com