Since the stormy departure of former University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere last November, the Ducks have been looking for a new president.

It looks as if they have found him.

This week, Michael R. Gottfredson, provost at the University of California, Irvine will be on campus meeting with various interested parties. Here's a brief bio the Oregon University System released this morning, in a statement identifying Gottfredson as "the finalist" for the position.

Michael R. Gottfredson is a Professor of Criminology, Law, and Society and of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine, where he also serves as the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. Prior to assuming these positions in July 2000, he was Professor of Management and Policy, Law, Sociology, and Psychology at the University of Arizona, where he also served as Vice President. He received his A.B. in 1973 from the University of California, Davis and Ph.D. in 1976 from the State University of New York at Albany.

The OUS board will vote on whether to hire Gottfredson this Friday at a 9:00 am meeting.