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Loren ‘’Randy’’ Geller, University of Oregon General Counsel
By Rebecca Neely


The University of Oregon recently hired Loren ‘’Randy’’ Geller as its new general counsel. The move came after six months of being
with no general counsel.




Geller, whose employment began on October 15th, was                   Randy has a J.D. from the University of Washington and
promoted after serving as deputy general counsel under the            received his B.A. in political science and political economy
former general counsel, Melinda Grier.                                from Evergreen State College. His work experience before
                                                                      coming to the UO includes serving as staff assistant for
Grier was reassigned to teaching in the law school following          U.S. Senator Brock Adams of Washington state, serving as
the controversial $2.3 million buyout of former athletic              assistant attorney general in Washington state, and serving in
director Mike Bellotti.                                               the Office of University Counsel at the University of Idaho.”


The buyout followed the revelation that Bellotti had only a           ‘’He has proven experience in all aspects of higher education
handshake contract between him, former University President           law, and a deep appreciation of the University of Oregon,’’
Dave Frohnmayer and the University.                                   Lariviere wrote.


University President Richard Lariviere hired and announced            At the blog, uomatters.com, several comments were posted
his appointment to University faculty and staff via e-mail on         regarding the situation:
October 6th. Portions of the email read as follows:
                                                                      10/7/2010: The campus erupted in celebration back in April
“I am pleased to announce that Randy Geller will become our           when Pres Lariviere fired General Counsel Melinda Grier and
new general counsel effective October 15.” Randy was selected         announced:
from a national pool of outstanding candidates.
                                                                      ‘’This institution did not follow acceptable business practices in
Randy has served the University of Oregon since 2003 and              the past,’’ Lariviere said. ‘’That will not be repeated under my
was appointed deputy general counsel in 2006. He has been a           administration.’’
lawyer for almost 18 years, 15 of those at two public research
universities. He has proven experience in all aspects of higher       Jeff Manning and Ken Goe of the Oregonian wrote:
education law, and a deep appreciation for the University of
Oregon.                                                               Grier, who did not return a message seeking comment, has
                                                                      come to personify the culture of secrecy that has developed
The general counsel is the chief legal officer for the                at the university, particularly with regard to its athletic
university and oversees the Office of the General Counsel.            department.
The office provides legal advice to the university pursuant to
authorization from and subject to general supervision by the          After the buyout, Lariviere pledged that transparency at
Oregon Attorney General.                                              the University would become a priority and created a public
                                                                      records office, in which Elizabeth Denecke was recently
Randy has been managing the university’s legal affairs since          appointed as the first ever public records officer.
April of this year. In the short time he has served in this role,
he has demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of                  Geller’s appointment came following a nationwide search and
higher education law and current legal issues in Oregon and           selection by a committee, which was chaired by Margaret
the nation.                                                           Paris, dean of the law school.




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