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Californian picked to lead University of Oregon

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PORTLAND, OR (AP) -

The Oregon University System said Monday that Michael Gottfredson is the choice to be the next president of the University of Oregon.

Gottfredson is vice chancellor and provost at the University of California, Irvine.

The state Board of Higher Education meets Friday to vote on the appointment. Gottfredson succeeds interim president Robert Berdahl on Aug. 1.

Board members appointed Berdahl in December after firing Richard Lariviere, who had lobbied for more independence from the board.

In a statement Monday, Gottfredson said he is "enthusiastic beyond measure" about coming to Eugene.

He and his wife will be on campus Tuesday and Wednesday to meet with the university community.

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