The chairman of the Nevada Board of Regents says he hopes to be able to recommend a candidate at next month's meeting to become the interim president of the University of Nevada, Reno.
And Bret Whipple says he hopes it will be a person who can address morale problems on the Reno campus.
Whipple, Chancellor Jim Rogers and regents' vice chairwoman Dorothy Gallagher, spent yesterday at the campus talking to representatives of faculty, classified staff, students, alumni and administrators about what kind of person should replace John Lilley, who is leaving in January to become president of Baylor University in Texas.
From those discussions, four people have emerged as the top nominees. They are former UNR President Joe Crowley, political science professor Eric Herzik, former UNR vice president of student services Patricia Miltenberger and medical school dean John McDonald.
Whipple and the chancellor took McDonald off the list because his position is too significant to allow him to also serve as interim president.
The regents meet Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 in Las Vegas.