The University of California Santa Barbara named an Oregon administrator the new permanent vice chancellor of administrative services earlier this month.

George P. Pernsteiner, current vice president for finance and administration at Portland State University, was appointed to the position. Former vice chancellor of administrative services David N. Sheldon retired a year ago and Everett Kirkelie has served as acting vice chancellor since.

“This appointment comes after an extensive national search, and I am very pleased that we have found such an outstanding professional to join our campus community,” Chancellor Henry T.Yang said.

Prior to coming to UCSB, Pernsteiner worked as a PSU administrator since 1995. At UCSB, Pernsteiner will be responsible for overseeing a wide range of services including accounting, administration, auditing, business, campus dining, design, environmental health and safety, housing, human resources, campus police and the UCen and Event Center.

“What can I contribute to UCSB? I don’t know, but I have a willingness to listen and work for the what institution and the community want,” Pernsteiner said. “What intrigued me into coming was that UCSB arrived to a place of excellence that most other universities aspire to.”

Sandra A. Drabik, vice president for administrative services and general counsel at the University of Toledo, was previously appointed to the position of UCSB vice chancellor of administrative services but withdrew for personal reasons.

Pending approval from UC President Richard Atkinson and the Board of Regents, Pernsteiner’s position is effective August 1, 2002.