Students, faculty, staff and friends packed the Paul E. Johnson Sr. Community Conference Room in the J. Eugene Smith Library on Dec. 6 to say farewell to Executive Vice President Michael Pernal. Pernal is retiring on Feb.1, 2013, after more than 43 years of distinguished and dedicated service to Eastern. Eastern President Elsa Núñez hosted the retirement reception. "Few of us have the opportunity to make an impact on an organization or institution the way Dr. Pernal has," said Núñez. "Mike has made a lasting contribution to the growth and success of our University. Through his expertise, patience, fairness, and integrity, Mike has brought stability and innovation to our campus and state. His loyalty to Eastern and his colleagues, his professionalism, and his character have served Eastern well."
"Dr. Pernal, you have left an indelible imprint on this University. You are a big part of why Eastern is where we are today. You will never be forgotten by your friends and colleagues."