NSHE Board of Regents Renews President Sandoval’s Contract at the University of Nevada, Reno

The Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) renewed the four-year contract for University of Nevada, Reno President Brian Sandoval at its quarterly meeting on Friday, June 7, 2024.

President Sandoval, who began his tenure in October 2020, has been instrumental in guiding the University through significant challenges and achieving remarkable milestones. Despite starting during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Sandoval successfully led the University through remote operations and funding challenges, fostering resilience and growth. In the last four years, the University has continued to achieve institutional records in practically every metric associated with success, including graduation, National Merit and Presidential Scholars, student body diversity and faculty productivity.

Board of Regents Chair Amy J. Carvalho expressed the Board’s confidence in President Sandoval’s continued leadership. “Under President Sandoval’s leadership, the University of Nevada, Reno has seen notable increases in research funding and community engagement. He has established a strong strategic direction for the University, and we look forward to working with him toward further progress in the University’s goals in his next term.”

President Sandoval has also led the University to significant achievements, including the implementation of a five-year strategic plan, Wolf Pack Rising, and receiving the prestigious Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement. Other notable achievements include:

  • Collegiate Academy Program: An intentional dual enrollment effort by the University, the Collegiate Academy program improves access pathways to higher education through partnerships with the school districts in Clark, Washoe, Elko and Churchill counties .
  • Sierra Nevada University Acquisition: In a groundbreaking collaborative agreement, Sierra Nevada University, located at Lake Tahoe, donated its campus to the University and will increase the University’s ability to expand academic programming and enrich the living, learning and discovery environments for future University students while also increasing the institution’s sustainability and research efforts at Lake Tahoe.
  • Renown Health Affiliation Agreement: In summer 2021, the University announced a generational partnership agreement between the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and Renown Health to establish the first fully integrated health system in Nevada.

Interim Chancellor Patricia Charlton commended President Sandoval for his leadership. “President Sandoval has guided the University of Nevada, Reno through significant transitions and challenges. His focus on strategic planning and institutional growth, along with his demonstrated success in securing substantial philanthropic support, such as the Renown Health Scholarships and a $36 million gift from the Guillemot Foundation, have been instrumental in advancing the University’s mission,” said Interim Chancellor Charlton. “We are committed to supporting his vision for the University’s future and the continued development of its programs and partnerships.”

“During my tenure as President, my goal has been to raise visibility and awareness of the strategic priorities for the state’s original land-grant institution, increase student accessibility, diversity and success; faculty and staff achievement and excellence; and innovation, partnership and impactful engagement through the University’s research and outreach efforts,” President Sandoval said. “It is my vision for the University to be a ‘Land Grant 2.0,’ a university that provides more access, diversity, and technology to our students so they can succeed in the ever-changing world of the twenty-first century. I am deeply honored to continue serving the University of Nevada, Reno community and feel privileged to do this during the University’s sesquicentennial. Go Pack!”