THE GOVERNING STRUCTURE OF THE NEVADA SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION
The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) (formerly the University and Community College System of Nevada “UCCSN”) was formed in 1968 to oversee all state-supported higher education in the U.S. state of Nevada. The name was changed in 2004. Two doctoral-granting research universities (Nevada, UNLV), one state college (Nevada State College), four community colleges (College of Southern Nevada, Great Basin College, Western Nevada College, Truckee Meadows Community College) and one research institute (Desert Research Institute) comprise the System.
An elected 13 member Board of Regents is responsible for the governance of the eight institutions. Elected to six-year terms, they set policies and approve budgets. The Board holds regular meetings each year as well as additional committee meetings. Regular meetings are rotated among the campuses throughout the state. All regular and committee meetings are open to the public. The next regular meeting is scheduled for September 2015, at the Nevada campus.
Working on behalf of the Board is the Chancellor, currently Daniel Klaich. Appointed to succeed Chancellor Jim Rogers in June 2009, he serves as the NSHE’s chief executive officer, develops NSHE strategies and implements Board policies. The institutional presidents in turn report to the chancellor.
The Chancellor has an appointed cabinet of eight Vice Chancellors. The position of Executive Vice-Chancellor, held briefly for a little over 3 months by appointee and former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, remains vacant There is a ‘contact staff’ of five, including Richard Scott Young, Deputy Chief of Staff.
Vice Chancellors include:
- Vice Chancellor of Academic & Student Affairs Crystal Alba. She is a native Nevadan and has been with the NSHE since 2002. Her highest degree is an MBA
- Vice Chancellor for Government Affairs & Community Affairs Dr. Constance Brooks – She has been in the system since 2012. She holds a PhD.
- Vice Chair of Budget & Finance Larry Eardly – A native Nevadan, he has been in the NSHE since 1984 and was appointed to this position by Chancellor Klaich in 2012. He has a degree in accounting.
- Vice Chancellor of of Legal Affairs Brooke Nielsen – She started in the NSHE in 1998 and was appointed to this position by Chancellor Klaich in 2012. She is licensed to practice law in Nevada.
- Vice Chancellor of Finance & Administration Vic Redding – He has been in the NSHE since 2005 and was appointed to this position by Chancellor Klaich in 2012. He has an MBA and is a CMA.
- Vice Chancellor of Health Sciences Dr. Marcia Turner. She has been with this division since its inception in 2006.
- Executive Director of the Nevada College Collaborative Frank Woodbeck – He was appointed in 2014 and has a Bachelors degree and some graduate courses.
- Deputy Chief of Staff Richard Scott Young – Experience and education not listed on site
- Vice Chancellor of information Technology Steven Zink – he was appointed by Chancellor Klaich in 2011. He has a PhD.
According to NRS guidelines, other than approving the NSHE budget, the legislature has no governmental control over the BOR and NSHE. This is similar to the NRS mandated organizational structure of County School Boards and County Library systems. The elected boards select their ‘Executive Director’, be it a Chancellor, Superintendent, Head Librarian. The Executive Director brings suggestion/recommendations for hires, programs, budget expenditures, policies etc to their board for discussion and approval.
The 13 members of the Board of Regents, district, area:
- Chair: Rick Trachok, 10 – Washoe County
- Vice Chair: Michael Wixom, 6 – Clark
- Dr. Andrea Anderson, 12 – Clark
- Cedric Crear: 1 – Clark
- Robert Davidson: 9 – Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Esmeralda, Lander, Lyon, Mineral, Storey, Washoe
- Mark Doubrave: 7 – Clark
- Jason Deddes: 11 – Pershing, Washoe
- Trevor Hayes: 2 – Clark
- James Leavitt: 13 – Clark
- Sam Lieberman: 5 – Clark
- Kevin Melcher: 8 – Clark, Elko, Eureka, Humbolt, Lincoln, Nye, White Pine
- Kevin Page: 3 – Clark
- Allison Stevens: 4 – Clark
Presidents of Nevada’s eight colleges:
- College of Southern Nevada: Dr. Michael Richards
- Western Nevada College: Chet Burton (BA Bus. Admin./BA Bus. Marketing/MBA)
- Truckee Meadows Community College: Dr. Maria Sheehan
- Great Basin College: Dr. Mark Curtis
- Nevada State College: Bart Patterson (JD, BS)
- University of Nevada: Dr. Marc Johnson
- University of Nevada Las Vegas: Dr. Len Jessup
- Desert Research Institute: Dr. Stephen Wells
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