Oregon's Board of Higher Education accepted Chancellor George Pernsteiner’s resignation Monday.
"Higher Ed" board members like Paul Kelly spoke in glowing terms of Pernsteiner's eight-year tenure.
Kelly called the termination agreement "mutual."
"This agreement is the result of conversations that we have had with George over a period of roughly the last ten to twelve days," Kelly said.
Pernsteiner fought back tears after the board’s unanimous acceptance of his resignation. He says the board wanted a change in leadership and that he plans to continue to help Oregon’s universities.
"Yes, we have accomplished quite a bit. It is not an accident that Oregon has had the fastest growth in student enrollment over the last five years of any state in this country. It’s not an accident," Pernsteiner said.
Pernsteiner isn't leaving until May. Part of that time he'll be working on a special project, rather than as chancellor. The board plans to hire an interim replacement soon.