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Portland, Oregon – January 25, 2013: Chancellor George Pernsteiner announced his resignation from the Oregon University System today. Chancellor Pernsteiner will remain in his current role through March 1, 2013 and will continue to contribute on a special assignment through March 31. Pernsteiner’s continued service to the Oregon University System through March will facilitate a successful leadership transition. 

“It has been a true honor to serve Oregon as Chancellor for more than eight years,” said Pernsteiner. “In that time, I have been privileged to lead and work with truly dedicated professionals in the Chancellor's office who care deeply about our students and our state. The accomplishments of Oregon's universities in the past several years have been outstanding as we changed the way we engaged with community colleges, increased our enrollment and the success of Oregon students, and witnessed all-time record high levels of enrollment and degrees. It has been a gratifying experience to work with faculty, staff, student leaders, board members and state officials to help improve the lives of Oregonians. I very much look forward to continuing to make that happen over the next couple of months and into the future.” 

“We wish to thank Chancellor Pernsteiner for his many years of service to the students served by our universities,” said Matt Donegan, president of the State Board of Higher Education. “George leaves the university system well positioned, having reached record enrollment and degree attainment at a time when higher education has never been of greater importance to Oregon’s economy. The state has reached a critical transition point, making this an opportune time for a change of leadership. We are embarking on new strategies to achieve the state’s 40-40-20 goal and capturing unprecedented opportunities for achievement and efficiency through technology and innovation. As we look ahead, student success will continue to guide us.” 

“Throughout this transition, our focus will remain on students and supporting the faculty and staff who do such an outstanding job educating them,” said Jill Eiland, Board vice president. “We appreciate George’s willingness to remain on board to lend his expertise and ensure a successful transition. Our immediate priority will be to name an interim chancellor.” 

The Oregon State Board of Higher Education will vote in a public meeting on January 28, 2013 at 10:00 am at the Board’s meeting room in Portland regarding the final separation agreement with Chancellor Pernsteiner. 

The Oregon University System comprises seven distinguished public universities and one branch campus, reaching more than one million people each year through on-campus classes, statewide public services and lifelong learning. The Oregon State Board of Higher Education, the statutory governing board of OUS, is composed of twelve members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon State Senate. For additional information, go to