The Oregonian: Former Oregon university system chancellor to head national chancellors group
Author: Betsy Hammond
Posted: July 8, 2013

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George Pernsteiner, who ran Oregon's university system for nine years until he stepped down in March, will become the head of the national group for state higher education executives in September.

Pernsteiner, who held administrative roles at Portland State, the University of Oregon and the University of California at Santa Barbara before becoming Oregon's chancellor, will take the reins of the Colorado-based State Higher Education Executive Officers Association when its current president retires.

Pernsteiner presided over Oregon's university system during a decade in which state funding plummeted but enrollment grew, straining university resources and requiring staggering tuition increases.

He said when he stepped down this spring that he hoped to be remembered for building connections with community colleges and drawing a record number of transfers into four-year institutions. Last fall, half the new students enrolling at Oregon's seven public universities were transfer students who'd earned credits at community college, up from just one-third five years earlier.

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