Finalists Named in DRI President Search


Desert Research InstituteNevada’s Desert Research Institute (DRI) has two contenders for the top leadership position of the statewide research organization.

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) announced this week that Kristen Averyt, associate director for science at the University of Colorado Boulder, and Phillip Mote of Oregon’s Climate Change Institute, are the finalists.

“The candidates were selected based on the process and criteria set forth by the committee with input from DRI and community advisory members,” said NSHE’s John Kuhlman.

Citizens are invited to public forums for both candidates. Information:

“At the conclusion of the interviews on Jan. 27, the Search Committee and Advisory Committee will meet to determine the recommendation of a finalist to the full Board of Regents, who will review and vote on the recommendation at a special meeting in Reno on Feb. 3 at 1 p.m.” Kuhlman added.

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