University of Oregon president Gottfredson resigns after two years at school

EUGENE, Ore. - University of Oregon president Michael Gottfredson announced Wednesday evening that he's resigning.

Gottfredson's decision comes after two years with the school. He was hired Aug. 1, 2012.

In a message posted on the University of Oregon's website and sent to students, the 63-year-old Gottfredson said he was leaving to "pursue other opportunities in academia."

"I accepted the job as President of this great institution with the clear objective of helping the University manage through a period of uncertainty and get to a place of stability," he wrote. "We have accomplished those objectives and I know that the UO is on the right course."

Before he came to Oregon, Gottfredson worked for the University of California, Irvine, as a provost and executive vice-chancellor.