PORTLAND, Ore. -- Nike co-founder Phil Knight has asked Gov. John Kitzhaber not to consider him for a spot on a new governing board for the University of Oregon.

Knight was one of nearly 50 people recommended by UO President Michael Gottfredson for the 11- to 15-member board.

Knight's assistant says in a letter dated Aug. 9 that Knight was honored to be included but would like to have his name withdrawn from consideration.

The letter says Knight will continue to support the university and looks forward to working with the new board.

Two other prominent officials also withdrew their names: Dave Frohnmeyer, a former attorney general and UO president, and Ann Aiken, a federal district judge based in Eugene.

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