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Dave Frohnmayer

University President Emeritus


Dave Frohnmayer was appointed president of the University of Oregon, the state's Association of American Universities flagship institution, on July 1, 1994. He retired from the post on June 30, 2009.

He formerly served as dean of the University of Oregon School of Law, as Oregon's attorney general, as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives, and as a law professor and legal counsel to the president of the University of Oregon. As attorney general, he argued and won six of seven cases before the United States Supreme Court, the most cases and best record of any contemporary state attorney general.

During his first decade as president, the university increased its enrollment to a record 20,200 in 2004; finished its largest ever fund-raising campaign raising $255 million; and began Campaign Oregon: Transforming Lives with a goal of $600 million. The university became a founding member of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities; hosted the annual meeting of the Association of American Universities; and completed construction projects totaling nearly $307,000,000, including three new student housing projects, the William W. Knight Law Center, a renovation and addition to the Knight Library, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Autzen Stadium, and the Lillis Business Complex, and the construction of a new Student Recreation Center and of a Zebrafish Stock Center.

The university also added a host of new centers and institutes, including the Lewis Center for Neuroimaging, the Oregon Center for Optics, the Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior, and the Center on Diversity and Community; doubled the federal grants awarded annually; and added nineteen new degree programs, including bachelor's degrees in biochemistry and ethnic studies and a master of fine arts degree in dance.

Frohnmayer is the first native Oregonian to be president of any large research university in the state. He and his wife Lynn are founders of the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, Inc. He is a founding director of the National Marrow Donor Program, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a magna cum laude graduate from Harvard, and a Rhodes Scholar. He received his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

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