RENO, Nev. – The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents elected Chair Jason Geddes and Vice Chair Mark Doubrava to serve as the officers of the Board.
The Board of Regents leadership is comprised of a chair and vice chair who are elected by the Regents. The term for the elected officers is one year, from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.
“I am honored to serve the Board of Regents as Chair and I look forward working with my fellow Regents to grow student access and success at our eight institutions of higher education,” said Chair Geddes, who represents District 11 in Pershing and Washoe counties. “Our focus must remain on providing our more than 100,000 students an affordable and quality education.”
Vice Chair Doubrava, who represents District 7 in Clark County, said he is invigorated by the challenging work that awaits the Board.
“I look forward to assisting Chair Geddes and the entire Board in advancing our goals in the upcoming year,” Doubrava said.
Chair Geddes was appointed by Gov. Kenny Guinn to serve on the Board of Regents in 2006 and was reelected in 2008, 2010, and 2016. Geddes previously served two terms as Board chair from 2011 to 2012 and 2012 to 2013.
Born in Winnemucca, Nevada, Geddes spent his formative years in Gabbs. Through scholarships and a full-time job, he attended the University of Nevada, Reno. He also earned a Ph.D. from UNR in environmental sciences and health (environmental chemistry option).
He was elected to serve in the Nevada State Assembly in 2002 and while serving was an active member of the Education, Judiciary, and Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mining committees. Geddes and his wife Cindie are the proud parents of one son.
Vice Chair Doubrava was elected as the representative for Clark County, District 7 to the Board of Regents in 2010 and was re-elected in 2016. He most recently served as chair of the Health Sciences System Committee and vice chair of the Security Committee. He was also a member of the Business, Finance and Facilities Committee.
A longtime Nevadan, Doubrava graduated from Ed W. Clark High School in Las Vegas in 1981. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1985 and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine in 1989.
Doubrava served a transitional internship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and a four-year residency at Louisiana State University Eye Center (1992-1996). After completing a fellowship at the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital of New Orleans, he returned to Las Vegas where, as an ophthalmologist, he has operated as a solo practitioner since 1997.
The Nevada System of Higher Education, comprised of two doctoral-granting universities, a state college, four comprehensive community colleges and one environmental research institute, serves the educational and job training needs of Nevada. NSHE provides educational opportunities to more than 100,000 students and is governed by the Board of Regents.