Regents Give Tentative Nod to New Chancellor

Thom Reilly. Image: ASU.

The Nevada Board of Regents have selected Thom Reilly of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University to be considered for Nevada’s next higher education chancellor.

The announcement comes after an “embarrassing” — according to one regent — search for a new chancellor that led to all proposed candidates dropping out of the search process.

At the May 31 regents meeting, a regents’ search committee directed Regent Kevin Page to identify new candidates by July 1.

“After receiving nominations for Reilly, Page encouraged Reilly to submit an application to AGB Search, the executive search firm assisting the Board of Regents,” according to a press statement.

Reilly will be in Reno on June 23, 2017 for public forums at TMCC and UNR.

“I’m impressed with Thom’s energy and record of success in multiple environments. I’ve heard nothing but praise about his professional relationships with students, faculty, staff and community members,” added Rick Trachok, chairman of the Board of Regents. “I also want to commend Committee Chair Kevin Page for his untiring efforts in finding a suitable candidate for the Board’s consideration as our next chancellor.”

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