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Presidential Search

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Presidential Search

The NSHE Board of Regents is beginning the search process for a new president following President Bart Patterson’s announcement that he will be completing his service to Nevada State College at the end of his contract. Effective June 30, 2021, Patterson will step down after leading the college for nearly 10 years as its seventh and longest-serving president.

The announcement comes in the midst of incredible success for the college—including: the groundbreaking of the Glenn and Ande Christenson School of Education Building, which will house a community-serving early childhood education center and speech-language pathology clinic; the construction of the shared Betty Engelstad School of Health Sciences Building with the College of Southern Nevada on its Henderson Campus; the launch of the college’s first graduate program offering a master’s degree in speech-language pathology; the construction of the college’s first on-campus student housing; the Association of College and Research Libraries selecting Nevada State’s Marydean Martin Library for the 2020 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, the first academic library in Nevada and only the second public institution in the award’s history to receive the award; and the announcement from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities that it reaffirmed the college’s institutional accreditation for the next seven years.

Position Profile

The search committee and AGB Search have developed a Nevada State Leadership Profile for all interested candidates.

CANDIDATES

Four finalists have been selected in the search for Nevada State’s next president. The finalists will participate in campus forums on Monday, April 26, and Tuesday, April 27.

Individual forums have been designated for academic and administrative faculty, classified staff, deans, executive leadership, faculty senate, students, the Foundation, and an open, community and alumni session. We respectfully ask that you virtually attend the forum for the group you most closely identify. During each forum, a moderator will ask questions solicited in advance.

Additional details on the search, including the full schedule, can be found here. Links to view and participate will be sent via email later this week. Feedback forms for each candidate are available below.

The Presidential Search Committee meets on Wednesday, April 28, at 8 am to review the finalists. This meeting will not be live-streamed to maintain the integrity of the search process and keep with past Board practice. Limited seating will be available for this meeting and an overflow room will be available in the Kasner auditorium to provide additional limited seating to view the meeting. At the Special NSHE Board of Regents meeting at 1 pm on Thursday, April 29, a final selection should be announced. This meeting will be live-streamed.

Please note that college guidelines and the Governor’s statewide directive require anyone on campus to wear a face-covering in public areas. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding. Thank you in advance to all faculty, staff, and students for your participation in helping select Nevada State’s next president!

Hubert Benitez, DDS, Ph.D.
Monday, April 26
Susan E. Borrego, Ph.D.
Monday, April 26
Shari G. McMahan, Ph.D.
Tuesday, April 27
DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D.
Tuesday, April 27
UPCOMING DATES
APRIL 26 | President Search Public Forums

These public forums features candidates Dr. Hubert Benitez and Dr. Susan Borrego. Everyone is invited to tune in for the open forum sessions. The first session with Dr. Benitez begins at 4:00 PM. The second session, with Dr. Borrego, begins at 5:00 PM. Each session will open with a presentation by the candidate on the topic followed by a Q and A session with the panelists.

Presentation Topic

Since its opening, diversity, equity and inclusion have been foundational pillars of Nevada State College. As its next president, how do you see these three elements shaping the development of the College over the next 5 to 10 years?

APRIL 27 | President Search Public Forums

These public forums features candidates Dr. Shari McMahan and Dr. DeRionne Pollard. Everyone is invited to tune in for the open forum sessions. The first session with Dr. Shari McMahan begins at 4:00 PM. The second session, with Dr. DeRionne, begins at 5:00 PM . Each session will open with a presentation by the candidate on the topic followed by a Q and A session with the panelists.

Presentation Topic

Since its opening, diversity, equity and inclusion have been foundational pillars of Nevada State College. As its next president, how do you see these three elements shaping the development of the College over the next 5 to 10 years?

APRIL 28 | Search Committee Meeting

The Search Committee will hold this meeting at 8:00 AM on April 28th. The meeting may recess on Wednesday and reconvene on Thursday, April 29 if needed.

APRIL 29 | Special Board of Regents Meeting

This meeting will be held at 1:00 PM.

PAST DATES
JANUARY 29 | Search Committee Meeting
MARCH 26 | Anti-Bias Training
PRESIDENT SEARCH COMMITTEE
REGENTS
ADVISORY MEMBERS

Faculty Members (nominated by the senate)

Administrative Faculty – Ms. Janice Le-Nguyen
Education Faculty – Dr. Lori Navarette
Nursing Faculty – Ms. Cheryl Perna
Liberal Arts & Sciences Faculty – Dr. Jamie L. Palmer
At-Large Faculty – Dr. Jennifer Edmonds

Administrators

Edith Fernandez, Vice President of College and Community Engagement
Gregory Robinson, Vice Provost for Student Success
Penny Morris, Director of Budget

Classified Employee (nominated by the classified employees’ organization)

Carmen Royce

Undergraduate Student (nominated by the appropriate student government)

Dalia Rodriguez, NSSA Senator

Graduate Student (nominated by the appropriate student government)

Crosbey Proffitt, Graduate Clinician

Alumnus

Tymeeka Davis, 2009

Affirmative Action Officer (Ex-Officio)

Eric Gilliland, Director of Human Resources

Community Members

Mike Barton, Clark County School District
Hannah Brown
Glenn Christenson
Ken Evans, Urban Chamber of Commerce
Peter Guzman, Latin Chamber of Commerce
Scott Muelrath, Henderson Chamber of Commerce
Mayor Debra March (Henderson)

Position Profile

The search committee and AGB Search have developed a Nevada State Leadership Profile for all interested candidates.

Search Firm

AGB Search has been hired to assist in the search process. The search consults are:

  • Carlos Hernandez
  • Gary Owens
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