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Much like a corporate board of directors, Nevada’s Board of Regents governs the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE). Elected to serve a six-year term, the 13 Regents set policies and approve budgets for Nevada’s entire public system of higher education: four community colleges, one state college, two universities and one research institute.

The eight institutions the Regents govern include: College of Southern Nevada; Desert Research Institute; Great Basin College; Nevada State College; Truckee Meadows Community College; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; University of Nevada, Reno; and Western Nevada College. NSHE provides educational opportunities to more than 106,000 students.

The Board leadership is comprised of a Chair (currently Cathy McAdoo) and Vice Chair (currently Patrick R. Carter) who are elected by the Board’s membership. The term for the Chairman and Vice Chairman is one year (July 1 – June 30), and the Chairman is limited from serving more than two consecutive terms.

Working on behalf of the Board is Chancellor Melody Rose.  As NSHE’s chief executive officer, she supervises the eight NSHE presidents and ensures the Board of Regents’ policies are implemented throughout the System. As chancellor, she is the System liaison with the governor, state legislators, and other public officials and community leaders.

Board staff includes Interim Chief of Staff Keri D. Nikolajewski and three professional support personnel.

Typically, the Board holds four regular two-day meetings each year in addition to special and committee meetings. These meetings are rotated among the campuses throughout the state. All meetings are open to the public, and agendas and minutes are posted on the NSHE’s web site. You can also access this site for additional information on each of the schools within the NSHE as well as to view the Board’s online Handbook, as well as the NSHE Procedures Manual.