Former Portland State University president Daniel Bernstine has died. He was 69.
Bernstine was PSU’s first and only African-American president, serving during a time of rapid change at the university, and in Portland, from 1997 to 2007.
He was an understated president, but as an enthusiastic believer in the university’s role in Portland, Bernstine gave PSU a big push on its expansion path.
Bernstine oversaw PSU’s growth to the largest university in Oregon, with the addition of student housing and other building improvements to the downtown campus.