Daniel Bernstine Could Become the First Black President of West Virginia University

Daniel Bernstine, president of Portland State University in Oregon, is one of three finalists for the presidency of West Virginia University. Bernstine has been president of Portland State since 1997. During his tenure, enrollment at Portland State has increased from 14,000 to 25,000 students.

Bernstine is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. He holds law degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Wisconsin. Before coming to Portland State, he was dean of the law school at the University of Wisconsin.

Bernstine is the only one of the three candidates who has served as president of a university. However, he is the only one of the three without previous ties to West Virginia University.

A final decision on the new president is expected next week.