The Board of Regents Launch a National Search for UNR’s Next President

LAS VEGAS – The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents officially launched a national search for the next president of the University of Nevada, Reno on Thursday.

UNR President Marc Johnson announced in October he would be returning to the faculty at the university’s College of Business in July 2020.

The decision for a national search was based on a visit with the UNR community by Regent’s Chair Jason Geddes, Vice- Chair Mark Doubrava, and Chancellor Thom Reilly in November. At the time, UNR faculty, staff, student and alumni groups along with other university stakeholders overwhelmingly agreed they wanted to see a national search for the next university president.

The UNR community said they wanted diverse candidates, with good communication skills, who is committed to the institution’s high research and student success goals, Geddes explained.

Geddes added the search process will be open and transparent. “We will seek input from all members of the UNR community in this search process. I am confident we will find and hire the best candidate to lead UNR into the future.”

Next, a search committee will be established as defined in Title 2 of NSHE Code: Ch. 1 Section 1.5.4.

A recruitment consultant firm will also be hired to proactively seek out qualified candidates to apply, Geddes said.

About NSHE

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 Nevada Board of Regents.

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