UO president responds to criticisms, looks toward future



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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The president of the University of Oregon says he takes responsibility for everything that's happened in his nine-month tenure, both good and bad.

The Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/1SMJA6h ) that President Michael Schill acknowledged during a campus address Tuesday that his recent dismissal of 79 non-tenured faculty members was "yucky." But he went on to say that his plan to improve UO's reputation involves hard choices.

Romance Literatures Professor Gina Pasaki called the cuts demoralizing.

Schill said he didn't want to cut positions, but arrived determined to make UO a better research university, which he called an expensive proposition.

He said the school has been struggling financially and he is making hard, strategic decisions to ensure the school's future growth.

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