Among the challenges he will face when he comes aboard in July, UO is trying to raise $2 billion, the most by any Oregon institution in state history.
Schill said he is a seasoned money-raiser who tripled annual alumni donations while at the helm of both UCLA's and Chicago's law schools. He said he is able to unite faculty, students and alumni and able to inspire potential donors with his vision for transforming the school toward greatness.
I have been fortunate to work for many great deans, but Mike Schill ranks very high in my estimation. He's a great leader whom I would always be proud to follow into academic battles. I can't quite see Mike as president of a football factory (especially a Nike subsidiary), but more power to him. Except when Oregon plays UCLA.
Anyway, I am proud to say "I knew him when."