Fundraising leader to depart UO for North Carolina

Interim UO President Patrick Phillips sent the following message to the campus community Nov. 30:

Dear colleagues,

I write to announce that Michael Andreasen, the senior vice president for advancement, is leaving the University of Oregon to take the role of vice chancellor for development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It is hard to overstate the impact of Mike’s tenure on the university. During his 12 years leading development and advancement, the university achieved historic levels of support, giving, and engagement—propelling our academic, research, and student success efforts forward into a new ambitious era of growth and impact.

Under his leadership, the UO completed a historic fundraising campaign totaling more than $3.24 billion, raising more than any previous campaign in university or state history. He consistently increased annual fundraising totals and secured some of the largest donations to any public flagship university in the United States.

Mike made student success and academic excellence defining aspects of the university’s fundraising and advocacy efforts. He worked in collaboration with the president, board chair, and a small team of faculty members to secure two $500 million gifts to establish and build the Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact and helped garner a transformational $425 million gift to establish the Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health. His team secured support for Willie and Donald Tykeson Hall, the hub for student advising, PathwayOregon scholarships, the Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center, faculty endowments, and many more projects that now showcase the university’s ability to create impact and tackle societal challenges.

Enthusiastic and mission-driven, Mike built relationships across campus and with donors, alumni, and friends as he and his team advocated for the university. On a personal level, he has been a mentor and creative thought partner for many across the institution. Over 12 years, he has served as a member of the University of Oregon Foundation Board, the University of Oregon Alumni Association Board, the Portland Business Alliance Board, and the Greater Portland Chamber of Commerce.

I am grateful for his vision and partnership, and thankful for the strong team and lasting legacy he leaves at the University of Oregon.

Mike’s final day at the University of Oregon will be January 13, 2023. I will share information in the coming weeks about interim leadership plans and the search for his permanent replacement.

Please join me in wishing Mike the very best in his next chapter.


Patrick Phillips
Interim President and Professor of Biology