has learned from two reliable sources close to the University of Oregon that long-time school president Dave Frohnmayer
will announce his retirement tomorrow.
Frohnmayer, 67, will not actually leave office for another 14 months.
Before starting his university presidency in 1994, Frohnmayer was Oregon's Attorney General from 1981 to 1991. He also ran for governor as a Republican in 1990 but lost to Democrat Barbara Roberts.
He capped a 14-year run as the university's president last month by convincing the Legislature to OK a $200 million bond issuance to fund a new basketball area on campus. His unwillingness to share financial information about that deal led WW
to name Frohnmayer Rogue of the Week
just this week.
A Rhodes Scholar who earned degrees from Harvard and Oxford, Frohnmayer was a law professor before entering politics. Despite his intellectual bent, he may be best remembered for his close assocation with U of O alum and sugar daddy Phil Knight
, the Nike chairman who has been an extraordinarily generous donor to the university and particularly to its athletic programs.