Kirschner is the former dean of Rutgers College and serves as chairman of the board of the Academic Oversight Committee for Academics.
Kirschner served as interim athletic director in 2009 following Bob Mulcahy's departure from the school and the search for a replacement, which resulted in Pernetti's selection for the post. Kirschner is a frequent spectator at Rutgers sporting events and often meets with recruits and their families during trips to campus.
The search for a permanent replacement for Pernetti is now underway and is expected to last approximately four weeks according to president Robert Barchi during his Friday afternoon press conference.
Pernetti, who resigned Friday, will not leave Rutgers empty-handed after reaching a settlement with the school.
The terms of Pernetti's resignation leave him with $1.2 million in salary, two years of health insurance, a $12,000 car allowance and an iPad, according to an Associated Press Report.