HENDERSON, Nev. With great sadness Nevada State College and the Nevada System of Higher Education announce the passing of Fred J. Maryanski, President of Nevada State College.
Maryanski passed away on July 2nd, at age 63 at Nathan Adelson Hospice surrounded by family and friends.
It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague, President Fred Maryanski, said NSHE Chancellor Dan Klaich. His contributions to Nevada State College are remarkable, and for this reason his memory will be a permanent fixture in the hearts and minds of the Nevada System of Higher Education.
On behalf of the Nevada System of Higher Education, we extend our condolences to Fred’s family, and offer our prayers and thoughts during this difficult time, said Klaich.
Maryanski, who served as Nevada State College’s president since 2005, is fondly remembered as a dedicated educator and caring administrator. Maryanski was an enthusiastic believer in the transformative power of education in the lives of individuals and communities.
Because of Maryanski’s leadership, Nevada State College quickly transformed itself into a viable and respected institution throughout Nevada. As the College’s longest-serving president, Maryanski was able to achieve extraordinary success within a short span of five years. Maryanski shepherded the institution through the final stages of its accreditation process, spearheaded and finalized the College’s509-acre campus master plan, opened the College’s first permanent building on campus (Liberal Arts & Sciences Building), and managed the rapid growth of NSC’s student enrollment.
Students, faculty and staff at Nevada State College will fondly remember our dear friend, Fred Maryanski, for his compassion and generosity. Fred is a priceless treasure at Nevada State and in this community. We are so fortunate to have had his leadership, said Provost Lesley DiMare.
Maryanski is survived by his wife, Karen Maryanski; sons David Maryanski of Fayetteville, NC and Peter Maryanski of Enfield, CT; daughter Krista Maryanski of Los Angeles, CA; and three grandchildren.
Information concerning funeral services for President Maryanski will be made available in the near future.
A special celebration of the life of President Maryanski will be held at Nevada State College in the near future.
Overview of Fred Maryanski’s Career
Fred J. Maryanski assumed the presidency of Nevada State College on February 1, 2005. His presidency was defined by a lasting commitment to actively engage the greater community in the development of Nevada State College. Dr. Maryanski’s efforts have been recognized with him being named the 2006 Southern Nevada Person of Influence in Higher Education and the 2007 Henderson Public Sector Person of the Year. In 2005, he was recognized at a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Connecticut School of Engineering.
Prior to moving to Nevada, Dr. Maryanski served as Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Connecticut, a role in which he also served in 1999-2000. From 1989 to 2004, Dr. Maryanski was the Senior Vice Provost at UConn. During his time in administration at Connecticut, he was responsible for the University’s regional campuses, undergraduate education, information technology, registration services, and academic budgeting. Dr. Maryanski also played a key role in creating new partnerships between the University of Connecticut, the state university system, and the community colleges. Before moving into central administration, Dr. Maryanski was the founding Head of the Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Connecticut.
Dr. Maryanski joined the Computer Science program at UConn in 1983 as a full professor. As a researcher, he made significant contributions to the areas of data models and client-server database systems. Dr. Maryanski held national leadership positions in the ACM, the oldest society of computing professionals. Before joining the UConn faculty, Dr. Maryanski was a consulting engineer in the research group at Digital Equipment Corporation. During that period, he taught as an affiliate at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. From 1974 to 1979, Dr. Maryanski served on the computer science faculty at Kansas State University. Dr. Maryanski holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Connecticut, an M.S. in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Mathematics from Providence College.