DRI President Resigns

The Nevada System of Higher Education on Monday announced that Kristen Averyt resigned as president from the Desert Research Institute (DRI). Her resignation was attributed to “personal reasons.”

Kristen Averyt
Kristen Averyt. Photo: University of Colorado.

Interim VP of Research Kumud Acharya was named as Averyt’s temporary replacement.

“The past two years have been very rewarding, and I have enjoyed working with the NSHE team and everyone at DRI. I am proud of the work we’ve done to connect DRI’s mission with society, share the impact of the important research DRI performs across Nevada, and tell the inspiring stories of the remarkable people at DRI,” Averyt said.

Averyt had been with DRI since 2017. NSHE Chancellor Thom Reilly thanked her for her service.


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