Milton Glick Retrospective

University of Nevada, President, Milton Glick

University of Nevada, President, Milton Glick

RENO, NV - You meet a lot of people in responsible positions in this job. Not many combined the intellect, the competence and the basic decency as did Milton Glick.

With all due respect to his predecessors, he managed by most accounts to retain the respect and even affection of faculty and students to a remarkable, degree. Not easy to do in the best of times and all the more remarkable today.

Always very approachable, not just to a reporter asking for an interview, but on campus to student and staff. Like a good commander in battle, he got out and around, engaged and listened to the people he was responsible for.

And when he made painful decisions even those affected by them had to recognize the logic and the vision behind them, just as they also saw he understood the price of what he was asking.

He said his first priority in deciding how and where to cut was to protect the student to preserve a path for their education. And to retain a university that would help build a strong, 21st century economy for Nevada.

That connection was something he rarely failed to mention. If he felt privately that many in government and industry, still stuck in a century old mindset that keeping taxes low was the only path to a diverse economy still didn't get it, he may have had good reason.

This was always going to be the last stop in a long distinguished academic career.

The university and state he found when he joined us in 2006 was, of course, a different world. He didn't sign up for this, you could remind him and he would reply with a self-deprecating joke.

It's inevitable there will be speculation that the stress of it all became too much. We'll never know that, of course, but there's no argument the stress was there and he felt it all the more because it was clear he cared.

He worried his university and the state would experience a brain drain.

The best academics and students would seek friendlier locations. Thursday he cited a couple of examples of that already happening.

He told me last year that he'd had feelers from other schools wondering if he'd jump ship. He rebuffed them. "What kind of person would I be?" he asked, if he left at a time like this.


That person wouldn't be Milton Glick.

And that says it all.

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