Interim Leader Johnson Recommended for Permanent UNR Presidency

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

RENO, Nev. – Marc Johnson has been identified as the recommended finalist candidate for the position of president at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Johnson, who currently serves as the University’s interim president, was chosen Wednesday at a joint meeting of the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents’ Presidential Search Committee and an Institutional Advisory Committee. The recommendation will now be forwarded to the full Board of Regents for consideration at its April 20 meeting in Las Vegas.

“I wish to thank the members of the Board of Regents Search Committee and the Institutional Advisory Committee for their participation in this process, and in particular, I wish to express my gratitude to the Regents Search Committee for their decision today. I look forward to the consideration of this recommendation by the entire Board of Regents on Friday in Las Vegas,” said Johnson. “Finally, I wish to convey my sincere thanks to the members of the University community and the community at large who came to the forums, asked the questions, and demonstrated their concern for the future of the University.”

The committee’s recommendation follows a series of campus forums over three days during which faculty, staff, students and the community had the opportunity to meet Johnson and two other candidates, Steven Angle, provost of Wright State University in Ohio, and Rachel Croson, a division director with the National Science Foundation.

The Presidential Search Committee includes six members of the NSHE Board of Regents. The Institutional Advisory Committee includes 11 representatives of the community and 12 representatives of University of Nevada, Reno faculty, staff and students. The University of Nevada, Reno president reports to the chancellor of the NSHE, Dan Klaich, who holds an ex-officio, nonvoting membership on both committees.

“I wish to express my appreciation to the numerous faculty, staff, students and community members who participated in this process,” said James Dean Leavitt, member of the Board of Regents and chair of the Regents’ Presidential Search Committee. “The passion for and interest in UNR and its future are clear. In particular, I appreciate the time and thoughtful input contributed by the members of the Institutional Advisory Committee. The recommendation of our search committee is better informed because of this broad-based involvement.”

The Presidential Search Committee engaged the services of William Funk, president of R. William Funk & Associates, as the consultant for the search process. The desired characteristics of the next president are summarized in the University of Nevada, Reno Presidential Prospectus, prepared after a series of open meetings with campus and external constituents and approved by the two committees.

The Regents’ April 20 meeting begins at 9 a.m. at the Desert Research Institute, Third Floor Rotunda, at 775 E. Flamingo Road in Las Vegas. The meeting will be available by web stream through the NSHE website at More information about the Presidential Search is available at

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