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PSU President Daniel Bernstine accepts position at LSAC

Contact: Di Saunders – Office, 503-725-5714; Cell, 503-219-6869

PORTLAND, April 10, 2007 – George Pernsteiner, chancellor of the Oregon University System, announced with regret today that Portland State University President, Daniel O. Bernstine, has accepted the position of president and CEO with the Law School Admissions Council, located in Newtown, Pennsylvania, beginning on July 1. Bernstine has been president of PSU since 1997.

“On behalf of the State Board of Higher Education and the Chancellor’s Office, I must say that we are happy for President Bernstine, but saddened by the loss of such a strong, generous leader as Dan for Portland State, for the University System, and for the state,” said Pernsteiner. “The LSAC position is an exciting opportunity for Dan to use both his higher education and his law background and strengths.”

Pernsteiner added, “The proof of Dan’s leadership is clearly seen in the many accomplishments that he and PSU have achieved over the past ten years. Dan’s heart has always been in access and opportunity for all students, a goal he has surely met as he led the university as its enrollment climbed by more than 7,000 students. More than 5,000 students received degrees and certificates last year, by far the most ever, seeing their futures and that of Oregon enhanced by their PSU education. 

“Working with partners in the City, the State and the private sector, Dan presided over a construction boom during his tenure, opening the Native American Center, the Urban Center and Plaza, innovative “green” student housing, and a new engineering building housing the Maseeh College of Engineering.  He led efforts at PSU and in Oregon to internationalize both the student body and the curriculum, reaching out especially to students in the Middle East and Asia. Dan has helped to make PSU not only Portland’s university, but also the university for 25,000 students from across the state, the country and the world. The campus is now better connected with the city through the Portland Streetcar, and will soon also be linked to the community by the MAX light rail, opening up the campus to students and visitors from throughout the region. Also notable are the increases in research funding over Dan’s decade at PSU, which grew from $17 million to $40 million a year, and his initiation of PSU’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign, which brought in $114 million to the university, exceeding the original goal.

“In other words, President Bernstine’s impact on PSU has been enormous and long-lasting. We will miss his intellect and creativity, his deep commitment to students, his sense of humor, and the spirit of hope and opportunity he brought to PSU and to the University System.  He has touched the lives of countless Oregonians, making them better for knowing him and the state better for his being here.

“Dan has been a close friend and mentor whose quiet guidance has led the university and the state system through difficult times to greater successes for students, faculty, and community partners than ever before in our history.  I will miss him.

“The search for a new president of PSU will begin as soon as possible, after authorization from the State Board of Higher Education. As soon as a schedule and process are developed, we will communicate with the many PSU communities, who will miss Dan but I trust also will help us select and welcome his successor.” Bernstine will remain at PSU through commencement on June 16.

Prior to joining PSU in 1997 as president, Bernstine was Dean of the Law School at the University of Wisconsin.

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