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The Nevada Faculty Alliance Political Action Committee today announced its endorsement of Rory Reid for governor. The announcement followed a unanimous vote by the statewide PAC’s 16-member board, composed of faculty drawn from all eight institutions of the Nevada System of Higher Education. The board based its decision on responses to questionnaires sent to all major party candidates.
“We were impressed with Rory and his commitment to developing a coherent strategy to strengthen higher education in our state,” said Scott Huber, NFA president and a biology professor at Truckee Meadows Community College. “In the last three years, there’s really only been a debate about how much to cut, not any vision about what we as a state need.”
“The current approach of death by a thousand cuts has not solved the state’s problems,” added NFA vice president and PAC co-chair Gregory Brown, a history professor at UNLV. “As faculty, we are excited that Rory Reid’s plan for economic renewal is based upon education and innovation, because faculty provide the innovative research and high-quality classroom teaching that Nevada’s citizens need for the 21st century.”
Glenn Miller, NFA PAC co-chair and an environmental studies professor at UNR, explained that in Reid, the NFA saw a candidate who clearly understands the problem and would govern by seeking practical solutions. “NFA has a tradition of supporting candidates who are interested in a bi-partisan practical approach, rather than carrying the political agenda of any specific ideology or interest group,” said Miller. “Rory showed us a deep interest in the details of higher education policy, and this focus will be a welcome change to the governor’s office.”
More information about the NFA, its endorsements and higher education issues is available on the organization’s blog.
The Nevada Faculty Alliance is the Nevada affiliate of the American Association of University Professors. Since 1984, it has advocated on behalf of the faculty and professional staff on all eight campuses of the Nevada System of Higher Education. The Nevada Faculty Alliance PAC endorses candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to supporting quality affordable higher education and principles of academic freedom and effective governance at Nevada’s colleges and universities.