In 2004 OUS Board President Neil Goldschmidt appointed Pernsteiner as acting Chancellor without a search. The RG editorial board wrote:
Pernsteiner was chosen without any of the hallmarks of a chancellor's hiring - no nationwide search, no interviews, no public process.Then in 2005, the new OUS Board President made it permanent - again, no search or public process:
Appointment of the Chancellor: Henry Lorenzen, president of the Board, proposed that members appoint George Pernsteiner as chancellor of the Oregon University System; ... The Board voted unanimously to suspend the Internal Management Directive to complete a search for this position, and approved the appointment of George Pernsteiner as chancellor.We'll find out soon if Kitzhaber is going to allow this to happen a third time.