Gathering of UO boards to mark homecoming anniversary

September 30, 2014 - 8:50am

As the University of Oregon community comes together to celebrate our 100th anniversary of homecoming, the campus will welcome the largest-ever gathering of volunteer board members.

On Friday, Oct. 17, a breakfast will be held welcoming more than 300 members to campus, setting the stage for what is being described as “an historic day.” It is the first time that these supporters, including advisors for all the schools and colleges, museums, Oregon Bach Festival, Parent Leadership Council, the President’s Diversity Advisory Committee, the UO Foundation and alumni association have gathered on campus at the same time.

“We have much to celebrate at the University of Oregon,” interim President Scott Coltrane said. “We have shared our vision with faculty leadership and other internal groups. Now we will use this historic occasion as a way to share that vision with some of our key alumni and supporters. This is a critical moment for this institution, as we ride the momentum of our new governance structure, demonstrate our commitment to providing access to Oregonians, and build on the excellence of our remarkable academic programs.”

“This day will be a celebration of our university with some of our most passionate supporters,” said Michael Andreasen, vice president for university advancement. “We’ll be talking with these groups about the future of this great university and converting friends into advocates.”

Following the breakfast, the individual boards will gather for their meetings and hear specific plans for schools, colleges and other campus entities.

The day will conclude with an invitation-only event at Hayward Field.

A similar campuswide event celebrating the university is planned for spring.   

―By Tobin J. Klinger, Senior Director of Public Affairs Communications