Former Portland State University President Daniel Bernstine Dies at 69

PORTLAND, Ore. ― Former Portland State University president Daniel Bernstine has died at 69.

Bernstine led PSU from 1997 until 2007. After leaving, he headed the Law School Admission Council in Pennsylvania.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the Law School Admission Council issued a news release Sunday saying Bernstine died suddenly at his home.

Portland State President Wim Wievel said in a statement that Bernstine left an impressive legacy at PSU. Wievel noted that new buildings opened on Bernstine’s watch and enrollment soared by more than 70 percent.

A 2005 Oregonian profile said Bernstine’s parents were Louisiana sharecroppers who moved to California after World War II. His father worked as a janitor, and going with his dad to clean attorneys’ offices got him interested in law.

Bernstine earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley, his law degree at Northwestern University School of Law; and a master of laws degree at the University of Wisconsin Law School.