It’ll be interesting to keep an eye on the University of Oregon’s search for a new president to replace Michael R. Gottfredson, who announced his sudden resignation last week after two years on the job.

The University of Oregon’s governing board, which officially started its duties on July 1, met Thursday and appointed Provost Scott Coltrane as the school’s interim leader. It also approved a $940,000 severance payment to Gottfredson. (That works out to about $54 for every hour, waking and sleeping, that Gottfredson spent as president of the university.)

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