Michael Gottfredson, executive vice chancellor and provost of University of California, Irvine, is set to become president of the University of Oregon after a confirmation scheduled later this week.

Gottfredson will take the post Aug. 1 if approved by Oregon’s State Board of Higher Education.

He’s been at UC Irvine since 2000, working alongside Chancellor Michael Drake.

Gottfredson replaces Richard Lariviere, who was fired in November on controversial grounds. He had been lobbying for the university to have more independence from the state system. Robert Berdahl is currently interim president.