RENO, Nevada – Robert ‘Bob’ Alan Cashell, a former member of the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents, former mayor of Reno, lieutenant governor, gaming executive, businessman and community leader, died Tuesday. He was 81.
Cashell served as a Nevada Regent from 1979 to 1982 and became the ?rst freshman Regent to be elected Chairman, a position he served in throughout his term. He would go on to serve as lieutenant governor of Nevada from 1983 to 1987. Later he would serve for a dozen years as mayor of Reno from 2002 to 2014.
In all, Cashell contributed over 35 years of public service to the Silver State.
“Bob was a great leader and dedicated public servant,” said Regents chair Jason Geddes. “On behalf of the Board of Regents, Chancellor Thom Reilly, NSHE staff, and our entire system, I want to express our sympathies to the Cashell family.”
In December 2014, the Board of Regents recognized Cashell’s dedication to public service by unanimously approving a Resolution of Appreciation.
Cashell was made an honorary alumnus of the University of Nevada, Reno in 1976. As a longtime UNR supporter, he served as a member and former director of the Wolf Pack Boosters. In recognition of his contributions, the university’s Robert Cashell Field House was dedicated in his name and serves as the command center for the UNR football program.
Cashell and his wife, Nancy Parker Cashell, also were also devoted to philanthropic and humanitarian efforts, including working with Catholic Charities and Casa de Vida Home for Unwed Mothers, as well as their advocates for the homeless.
In 1988, Cashell was given the Distinguished Nevadan Award, the most prestigious award conferred by the Board of Regents. It is bestowed upon prominent individuals who have made significant achievements that have contributed to the cultural, scientific or social advancement of Nevada.
Cashell has received numerous honors including, the Nevada League of Municipalities Public Of?cial of the Year Award, the Reno Gazette Journal Citizen of the Year Award, and the Boy Scouts of America Good Scout Award.
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.