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National search underway for new UNR president

By Carla O'Day
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UNR President Marc Johnson. Image: UNR.
UNR President Marc Johnson plans to leave the post in July 2020. Image: UNR.

A national search to replace University of Nevada, Reno president Marc Johnson has been approved by the Board of Regents.

In a statement, the Regents said the decision for a national search was based on a visit last month that Chairman Jason Geddes, Vice Chairman Mark Doubrava and Chancellor Thom Reilly had with UNR stakeholders.

The UNR community wants candidates who are diverse, communicate well, and who are committed to research and student success, Geddes said.

“We will seek input from all members of the UNR community in this search process,” Geddes said in a statement. “I am confident we will find and hire the best candidate to lead UNR into the future.”

An internal search committee will be established as defined in the Nevada System of Higher Education’s code. Additionally, Geddes said an outside recruitment consultant firm will be hired to seek qualified candidates.

Johnson announced in October he would leave the post in July 2020. After stepping down, he plans to teach in UNR’s College of Business. He was appointed president in spring 2012 and served as interim president the previous year.

According to Transparent Nevada, Johnson’s base salary last year was about $429,000.



Dave Morgan December 10, 2019 - 1:50 pm

Wow! $1,200 a day. A great gig if you can get it.

J. Tyler Ballance December 8, 2019 - 1:44 pm

“Diversity” adds no value. For example, if you had a room filled with a representative of every ethnic group on earth, and each of those people had IQs of between 51-70, their “diversity” would make not one of them any smarter, nor would their collective diversity result in any of them becoming smarter over time. They would all still be morons.

When will America get off of this insane “diversity” kick. Everyone knows that when they say or write, “diversity” they really mean they are discriminating against White Men and Asians.

Most of the NSHE Board ran unapposed last election cycle. We need to replace that group of glad-handing, political correctness worshipping fools during the next two election cycles.

Open minded candidates from across the political spectrum who would not worship before the altar of “diversity” and instead foster a MERIT based society, should be sought to serve our citizens on the NSHE Board.

Harry Rumery December 8, 2019 - 7:02 am

I find incredibly sad, that no one in Nevada is qualified to run our UNR.

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