State senator quits to work for University of Oregon

Sen. Edwards, D-Eugene, announced on Tuesday that he'd be joining the university on December 15.

Sen. Edwards is leaving to work for the U of O. November 22, 2016, (Senator Edwards' Facebook page)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A state legislator has decided to leave the Oregon Senate in order to work for the University of Oregon.

Sen. Chris Edwards, D-Eugene, announced on Tuesday that he’d be joining the university on December 15.

He’ll become the new assistant vice president for strategic initiatives and will help to develop the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact.

“My decision to leave the senate for this opportunity was made with careful consideration of where I can have the greatest impact for our state,” said Edwards.

“Chris has a unique set of public service and private industry experiences that will serve him well in this new endeavor,” said Michael Andreasen, the UO’s vice president for advancement. “I am delighted that he will be joining us during this critical early stage in the development of the Knight Campus.”

Edwards submitted his letter of resignation from the Oregon Senate on Tuesday, and it will be effective at 11:59 p.m. on December 31.

He was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 2006 and came to the Oregon Senate in 2009.

The process of appointing his successor has started so the new senator can take office in time for opening day of the 79th Legislative Assembly on January 9.

The Knight Campus is a $1 billion campus designed to “fast-track scientific discoveries and the process of turning those discoveries into innovations that improve the quality of life for people in Oregon, the nation and beyond.”