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Robert M. Berdahl
Interim President of the University of Oregon
In office
Preceded by Richard W. Lariviere
Succeeded by Michael R. Gottfredson
5th President of the Association of American Universities
In office
Preceded by Nils Hasselmo
Succeeded by Hunter R. Rawlings III
8th Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley
In office
Preceded by Chang-Lin Tien
Succeeded by Robert J. Birgeneau
25th President of the University of Texas at Austin
In office
Preceded by William S. Livingston
Succeeded by Peter Tyrrell Flawn
Personal details
Born March 15, 1937 (1937-03-15) (age 83)
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Residence Portland, Oregon
Alma mater Augustana College
University of Illinois
University of Minnesota
Profession Administrator

Robert M. Berdahl (born 1937) is an American historian, author and the interim President of the University of Oregon (OU). He was chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley from 1997 to 2004. He was president of the Association of American Universities (AAU) from May 2006 to June 2011. In addition to his duties as interim President, he serves on the Board of Directors of Lam Research Corporation.


Berdahl was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1937. He received his B.A. degree from Augustana College (South Dakota). Berdahl got an M.A. degree from the University of Illinois. He earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Minnesota in 1965.

Berdahl taught history at OU from 1967 to 1986. During that time he was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1981 to 1986 while Paul Olum was OU president. Olum also was forced to retire in a fight over resources for the university. Berdahl then was vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for seven years. He then was president of the University of Texas for four years.

On December 9, 2011, Berdahl announced that he had been asked by the Oregon State Board of Higher Education to serve as the interim president of the University of Oregon. On November 28, 2011, the board gave Richard W. Lariviere 30 days to leave his office. Berdahl had written an editorial supporting Lariviere. Berdahl took office on December 29, 2011 and will serve until fall 2012 when his successor is named.

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