LAS VEGAS – The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) mourned the passing of former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who was a tireless advocate for Nevada’s public higher education mission of growing student access and success.
“I was saddened to learn of Sen. Reid’s passing today and on behalf of the Nevada’s public higher education system I want to express my sincere condolences to his wife and family,” Chancellor Melody Rose said. “Sen. Reid was a strong advocate for Nevada’s higher education system and fought tirelessly to help our institutions grow to meet the needs of our state.”
Sen. Reid, who was Nevada’s longest serving U.S. senator, was a leader on higher education issues on the national level as he valued education from an early age. In Nevada, his fingerprints are all over NSHE’s institutions, including UNLV’s Harry Reid Research and Technology Park and the Harry Reid Center, a multidisciplinary research facility, and University of Nevada, Reno’s Harry Reid Engineering Laboratory.
And following his retirement he co-chaired the MGM Resorts Public Policy Institute at UNLV, with former Republican House Speaker John Boehner.
“The Board of Regents also expresses our sincere condolences to Sen. Reid’s family and friends,” Chair Pro Tempore Carol Del Carlo said. “He was a strong advocate for Nevada’s public higher education system and promoted student access and success.”
The Nevada System of Higher Education, comprised of two doctoral-granting research 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. The System includes the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada State College, Desert Research Institute, the College of Southern Nevada, Great Basin College, Truckee Meadows Community College, and Western Nevada College.