UPDATE on the Chancellor and UNLV, UNR President Searches

LAS VEGAS – The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents approved extending the contracts of NSHE Chancellor Thom Reilly and UNLV President Marta Meana to December 2020. The Board of Regents will consider extending the contract of University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson at an emergency meeting April 10.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the delay of the ongoing NSHE Chancellor and UNLV and UNR President searches, the Board of Regents leadership is seeking continuity in these key leadership positions.

Under the current plans, the search for a new Chancellor will take place in June. Once a permanent Chancellor is found, Chancellor Reilly will serve in an advisory role.

The searches for the permanent presidents of UNLV and UNR will take place in September, and will include campus visits, meetings and interviews with the search committee and various university and community stake holders for the finalists.

The finalist interviews at UNLV are now scheduled for Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 and 2, with the Regents making their decision on Sept. 3.

The finalist interviews at UNR are now scheduled for Sept. 14, 15 and 16, with the Regents making their decision on Sept. 17.

“The searches were delayed to ensure an open and transparent process with full involvement of the campus and community constituencies and in consideration for the health and well-being of all those involved,” said Regents Chair Jason Geddes.

Chancellor Reilly said these decisions have been made in consultation with the search committee chairs, search consultants, and faculty, staff, and student leaders.

“This has been a trying time and I want to thank our presidents for their leadership as we’ve navigated this unprecedented event,” Reilly said.

All searches will be performed following NSHE Code as outlined in Title 2, Chapter 1, Sections 1.5.3 and 1.5.4.

It is inappropriate for the NSHE Board of Regents or Chancellor to comment on any candidate for any of the open searches, at this time.

NSHE System Administration will continue to work collaboratively with the Office of Governor Sisolak and all county, state, and federal health officials regarding COVID-19. The health and wellbeing of Nevada’s public higher education community continues to be NSHE’s utmost priority in this developing situation.


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.