President’s Transition Advisory Committee

Because meaningful connection is important to President Pollard, she has worked with her team to develop a Transition Advisory Committee (TAC) to help aid and guide her in these critical upcoming months. She knows her success as the next president of Nevada State College is dependent on deep learning about the culture, rich and meaningful communication, and intentional and authentic connections. The TAC will help President Pollard make sense of what she is hearing, seeing, and experiencing.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS
  • Ms. Lauren Porter, NSSA President
  • Ms. Dara Colon, NSSA Vice President
  • Dr. Samantha Jewell, Faculty Senate Chair
  • Ms. Phoebe McKnight, Classified Council Chair
  • Dr. Logan Kennedy, Nevada State Nevada Faculty Alliance/AAUP President
  • Dr. Dennis Potthoff, Dean, School of Education
  • Dr. June Eastridge, Dean, School of Nursing
  • Dr. Elizabeth Gunn, Dean, School of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Dr. Stefanie Coleman, Dean of Students
  • Dr. Gregory Robinson, Vice Provost for Student Success
  • Ms. Berna Rhodes-Ford, General Counsel
  • Dr. Christine Beaudry, School of Education
  • Dr. Ludy Llasus, School of Nursing
  • Dr. Chris Harris, School of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Mr. Nathaniel King, Director of Library Services
  • Ms. Pam Levins, Associate Vice President, Finance and Business Operations
  • Mr. Eric Gilliland, Director of Human Resources
  • Mr. Brian Chongtai, Director of Information and Technology Services
  • Mr. Anthony Morrone, Director of Financial Aid
  • Dr. Laura Rosales Lagarde, Sustainability Council
  • Ms. LaNelda Rolley, Director of Marketing and Events
  • Mr. Charles Buckner, Associate Director of Recruitment
  • Ms. Amey Evaluna, Interim Director, Office of Community, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Ms. Angela Brommel, Executive Director, Office of Arts and Culture
Headshot of Amber Lopez Lasater, Nevada State College Chief of Staff
DR. AMBER LOPEZ LASATER, CHIEF OF STAFF

Transition Advisory Committee Coordinator

President Pollard

WELCOME

President DeRionne Pollard welcomes you to the beautiful and diverse Nevada State College—one of the fastest growing colleges in the country – where our mission is to provide quality, affordable four-year degree programs and enhance the quality of life for a diverse population of students.

Dr. DeRionne Pollard is the new President of Nevada State College on Monday, July 19, 2021
MEET DR. POLLARD

History was made in the Silver State on August 16, 2021, when Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard became the eighth president of Nevada State College (NSC). She is the first permanent Black woman President of the institution and any institution within the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE). With broad and rich expertise in the higher education field, Dr. Pollard takes the reins at a critical time in the college’s history. Most importantly, she brings with her a compelling vision for NSC defined by three distinct influences: her upbringing, family, and belief in the potency of higher education. Pollard says, “I am a graduate of the Chicago Public Schools system; a former food stamps and public assistance recipient; a wife to a glorious woman I have loved for 30 years; a parent to a teenage boy who is our best thing, a first generation college completer; and an advocate and warrior for access to equitable, life-transforming education for all who seek it to improve their lives and the communities in which we live and serve.” 

 

Pollard is truly honored and humbled to lead the college, answering a “calling” to advance Nevada State College’s uncompromising focus on high-impact practices, courageous innovation, dignity through equity, and generational impact. “Nevada State College has a profound and awe-inspiring mission, and I want to be a part of the NSC impact and story.” She describes in nearly every interaction she has that robust partnering—building intentional relationships to drive social justice and community vitality—is essential to the work of higher education in this moment. “I work hard to be an informed and engaged leader within the communities I have the privilege of serving; co-creation to solve community challenges, advance community strengths, and build community capacity forms the basis of how I plan to advance the value proposition of NSC throughout the state.”

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. DeRionne Pollard is the current president of Nevada State College (NSC). She was appointed by the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents in April to lead NSC, a four-year public comprehensive institution. NSC is one of the fastest-growing colleges in the country and is designated as a Minority Serving Institute (MSI), Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Institution (AANAPI). NSC also advances phenomenal teaching and superb student support to expand and diversify an educated workforce, thereby protecting social justice and economic mobility. Dr. Pollard began her tenure at NSC on Aug. 16, 2021.

Dr. Pollard is the first Black female president of any NSHE institution. She has held previous roles at the College of Lake County and served as president of both Montgomery College and Las Positas College.

Dr. Pollard is deeply connected to her community, having served on the American Association of Community Colleges’ 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges, the Commission on Academic, Student, and Community Development, and the Board of Directors. Dr. Pollard is a member of the Ascend Postsecondary Leadership Circle for Parents and the Center for First-generation Student Success Advisory Board for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. She also served on the boards of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Universities at Shady Grove, and the Capital Area Food Bank.

Dr. Pollard was named one of Washington’s 100 Most Powerful Women by Washingtonian Magazine, won a 2017 Academic Leadership Award from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and a Visionary Award from the Washington Area Women’s Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s and a master’s of arts in English from Iowa State University and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies in higher education from Loyola University Chicago.

President Pollard has developed a Transition Advisory Committee (TAC) to help guide her during the transition.

CONTACT THE PRESIDENT

Nevada State College President Plans to Retire Next Year

In a letter sent to the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Chancellor and Board of Regents on Tuesday, March 3, Nevada State College President Bart Patterson announced he does not plan to seek renewal 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.

“Serving as president of Nevada State and helping build its remarkable trajectory has been the job of a lifetime, and I am grateful for the opportunity to make such a difference in the lives of students,” said Patterson. “While many community leaders and staff have urged me to stay longer, I believe Nevada State is the kind of institution that will benefit from changes in leadership and vision from time to time.”

Patterson took over as interim president in November 2011 and was officially appointed president in April 2012. Following the economic recession, and discussions of closing the college, Patterson led the institution through tremendous growth, with a 72 percent increase in freshmen in 2017 alone. Continually recognized as the second-fastest growing college in the United States, Nevada State now has more than 5,500 students, the majority of whom are diverse and first-generation. Patterson has established the top priorities of the college to continue building high quality, affordable academic programs that boost the economy of Nevada, increase the success of the institution’s deserving and diverse students, grow its statewide mission, and identify partnerships to creatively build out its 512-acre site in collaboration with the city of Henderson.

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, set to open fall 2020; 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.

“I have many important projects to accomplish in my last 15 months,” said Patterson. “I am prioritizing those projects to those most critical for the continued success of the institution. It is my intent to stay through the next legislative session, introduce the new president to legislative and executive leadership, and help mentor the new president if requested.”

At the end of his tenure, Patterson will have worked more than 20 years in the Nevada System of Higher Education. Before serving as Nevada State’s president, Patterson served as NSHE’s chief counsel until August 2006 and as the vice chancellor of administrative and legal affairs through September 2009. He also served as NSHE’s first general counsel at the Community College of Southern Nevada and at Nevada State College, where he taught as an adjunct instructor in public policy. Prior to joining NSHE, he was in the private practice of law in Phoenix and Las Vegas.

Click here to read the announcement letter.