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Michael R. Gottfredson

Michael R. Gottfredson
17th President of the
University of Oregon
In office
Preceded by Robert M. Berdahl
Personal details
Born (1951-01-16) January 16, 1951
Spouse(s) Karol Gottfredson

McMorran House

Eugene, Oregon
Alma mater University of California, Davis (A.B.)
State University of New York, Albany (M.A.)/(Ph.D.)
Profession Administrator
Website Office of the President

Michael Ryan Gottfredson[1] (born January 16, 1951) is the former President of the University of Oregon, serving from August 1, 2012 to August 6, 2014.


  • Biography 1
  • Self-control theory of crime 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


He previously served as provost and executive vice-chancellor of University of California, Irvine.

On June 11, 2012, it was announced that he was the sole finalist for the position of president at the University of Oregon.[2] He was confirmed by the Oregon State Board of Higher Education on June 15, 2012, with the decision to take effect on August 1, 2012.[3]

As the President of the University of Oregon, Gottfredson was a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Oregon.[4] On August 6, 2014, Gottfredson announced, via a campus-wide email, his decision to depart the University of Oregon to pursue other scholarly interests and spend more time with family. The UO Board of Trustees formally accepted Gottfredson's resignation and appointed Scott Coltrane as interim president the following day.

As of late 2014, Gottfredson is a research professor of Criminology, Law & Society at University of California, Irvine.

Self-control theory of crime

The theory was developed by Travis Hirschi and Gottfredson.[1] The criminological theory proposes that lack of individual self-control is the main factor behind criminal behavior.


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External links

  • Michael Gottfredson announced as finalist for University of Oregon President
Academic offices
Preceded by
Robert M. Berdahl
President of the University of Oregon
2012 – 2014
Succeeded by
Scott Coltrane
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