Kevin C. Melcher

Kevin C. Melcher

District 8 - Clark, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lincoln, Nye and White Pine Counties (map)

1960 Ruby View Drive
Elko, Nevada 89801
Phone: (775) 738-7769

Regent Kevin Melcher was elected to the Board of Regents in 2010. He currently serves as chair of the Investment and Facilities Committee and vice chair of the Business and Finance Committee and the Community College Committee. He is also a member of the Cultural Diversity Committee. He was appointed by Governor Brian Sandoval to serve on the Nevada State Board of Education effective January 8, 2013. He was also selected to serve on the Subcommittee on Academics and Workforce Alignment, part of the Nevada Legislature’s Interim Study Concerning the Governance Structure of and Funding Methods for Community Colleges.

Regent Melcher is a native Nevadan and graduated from Reno High School in 1974. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1979 and earned his Masters degree in 1981. He served as a student senator for the colleges of arts and science and education for four years and was ASUN senate president in 1978-1979.

Regent Melcher retired in 2008 from the Elko County School District after serving his last 22 years as a school and district level administrator. He is married to Reno native Ann Marie (Humphrey) Melcher and they have resided in Elko, Nevada since their marriage in 1980.


  • Colorado State University - 2000 - present
    – Community College Leadership - Ph.D. program – coursework completed
  • University of Nevada, Reno - MS 1981
    – Physical Education and Education Leadership
  • University of Nevada, Reno - BS 1979
    – Physical Education, Health Education
  • Reno High School - 1974

Professional Experience

 Elko County School District:

  • Director of Instruction and Director of Human Resources, Elko County School District, 2000 - 2003
  • Principal Northside Elementary School, 1992 - 2000 and 2003 - 2008
  • Principal Carlin Combined Schools, 1988 – 1992
  • Vice-Principal and Principal Owyhee Combined Schools, 1986 - 1988
  • Health and Physical Education Teacher, Elko Jr./Sr. High School, 1980 – 1986
  • Wrestling coach and assistant football coach, Elko High School, 1980-1985

Higher Education Experience

  • ASUN Senator – 4 years
  • ASUN Senate President 1978-1979
  • University of Nevada Alumni Council – past member
  • UNR College of Education Building Committee – past member
  • Athletic Association University of Nevada – current member
  • Lifetime Member of University of Nevada Alumni Association
  • Elko Area Advisory Committee for UNR College of Business Administration – past member
  • University of Nevada Cooperative Extension – past advisory committee member
  • Member of Great Basin College Presidential Search Committee
  • Great Basin College – Dawson Early Childhood advisory committee – past member
  • Great Basin College – Early Childhood Program advisory committee – past member
  • Great Basin College – Teacher Education Committee – past member
  • Great Basin College Foundation Board of Trustees – past member and Special Events and Annual Giving chairperson
  • Great Basin College – Computer and office Technology - former advisory committee member
  • Great Basin College Advisory Board – past member and board chairperson
  • UNR adjunct instructor – methods of PE for elementary school teachers


  • 2007 - University Service Award - UNR Alumni Association award
  • 2002 - Honorary Degree from Great Basin College – NSHE Board of Regents
  • 2000 – Great Basin College Community Service Award – NSHE Board of Regents
  • 1995 - N.F.I.O.A. National Wrestling Official of the Year for Nevada
  • 1979 - Henry Albert Public Service Award as a senior at UNR
  • 1979 - Who’s Who Among America’s Colleges and Universities

Civic and Professional Affiliations

  • Rotary Club of Elko - member and past president
  • Western Folklife Center, Board of Trustees – former member and board chairperson
  • Western Folklife Center, National Advisory Committee – current member
  • BrightPath, adult enrichment center, board member - current
  • Communities in Schools of Northeastern Nevada - co-founder and past board chairperson
  • Communities in Schools of Nevada - past board member and past vice chairperson
  • Nevada State Board of Education - current board member
  • State of Nevada P-16 Advisory Council - past council member
  • P.A.C.E. Coalition – past board member and board chairperson
  • Elko Council of the Navy League - member and past board of directors
  • Elko Community Concert Association - member and past officer
  • Respite of Northeastern Nevada - past board member and chairperson
  • Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association: past "B" league president; past "A" league president; past commissioner of wrestling officials
  • Emergency Medical Technician, 1982 -1996
  • E.M.S. Instructor, 1988-1996
  • Elko General Hospital Foundation, board member, 1995 - 1998