Board of Regents Launches National Search for Next Nevada State College President

LAS VEGAS – The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents on Friday officially launched a national search for the next president of Nevada State College.

NSHE Chancellor Melody Rose, Board of Regents Chair Mark Doubrava along with other Regents and NSHE staff met with faculty, staff, students, alumni, foundation board members and community members on October 1 where there was overwhelming support to conduct a national search.

The search followed the announcement by current Nevada State College President Bart Patterson that he plans on retiring at the end of his contract in June 2021.

During the October forums, there was overwhelming consensus from the NSC community to move forward with a national search for candidates with diverse backgrounds, strong leaders who will maintain a close-knit, inclusive and welcoming community, and experienced educators with a background in higher education, among other attributes.

Following the Board of Regents approval of a national search, Chair Doubrava will next appoint members to the ad hoc Regent Nevada State College President Search Committee, that will include Regents, students, faculty, staff and college stakeholders.

The first meeting of the ad hoc search committee is expected to occur before February 2021. The committee will then target to have finalists visit NSC’s campus in April 2021.


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.