July 30-31, 1986
BOARD OF REGENTS
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA SYSTEM
July 30, 1986
A special meeting of the Board of Regents was called to order at
11:55 A.M. in the Green Room, Artemus Ham Concern Hall, Univer-
sity of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Members present: Mr. Daniel J. Klaich, Chairman
Ms. Frankie Sue Del Papa
Mr. Joseph M. Foley
Mrs. Dorothy S. Gallagher
Mr. Chris Karamanos
Mrs. Joan Kenney
Mrs. Jo Ann Sheerin
Mrs. Carolyn Sparks
Members absent: Mrs. June F. Whitley
Others present: Mr. Mark H. Dawson, Deputy Chancellor
President Anthony Calabro, WNCC
President John Gwaltney, TMCC
President George Hidy, DRI
President Robert C. Maxson, UNLV
President Paul Meacham, CCCC
Mr. Donald Klasic, General Counsel
Dr. Warren Fox, Vice Chancellor
Mr. Ron Sparks, Vice Chancellor
Ms. Mary Lou Moser, Secretary
Also present were Faculty Senate Chairs Donald Jessup (UNR) and
Gary Jones (UNLV) and Student Association Officers Todd Plimpton,
ASUN, and Kirk Hendrick, CSUN.
Chairman Klaich stated that the purpose of the meeting was to ex-
plain the procedures of the search for a new Chancellor and to
receive input from the Board members and constituencies of the
search. The Search Committee adopted procedures, including a
timetable which could be changed at any step in the process
should circumstances warrant. Mr. Klaich indicated that the
Committee agreed the search will completed when the right person
has been found for the position.
1. Consideration of the Chancellor Search Procedures
Mr. Klaich, in outlining the search procedures, gave his
personal perception of the search, indicated the position
was defined in the report of the 1985 System Governance
Study as Chaired by Regent Foley, and emphasized that this
was not a new governance study and that the concepts of that
study and the duties of the Chancellor would not change.
Ms. Del Papa agreed, and complimented the Secretary and her
staff for the procedures manual.
Mr. Karamanos stated that, in his opinion, the Chancellor
should not be UNS Chief Executive Officer, and that the
title should be changed to Executive Director. He emphasiz-
ed that the Campuses have strong Presidents who contact the
Board directly, and that the System is operating now in an
Executive Director's mode.
Mr. Karamanos urged the Committee to define the duties and
to be certain these duties are explained to the candidates.
Mrs. Sparks remarked that she felt the Board is looking for
a person who will coordinate the activities of the System
and act as liaison between the Presidents and the Board mem-
bers, stating that it is not feasible to have 7 Presidents
reporting directly to 9 Regents. Ms. Del Papa reminded the
Board that this was a major topic of discussion in the Sys-
tem Governance Study. She argued that the title of Chancel-
lor carried a great deal of recognition outside the System
and with organizations, and strongly urged that the title
Mrs. Gallagher stated she felt they were not looking for
someone to administer a Campus, but rather someone to serve
as Head of the System Office and to act as Chief Executive
Officer for the Board of Regents. Further, she stated she
felt it was impossible for 7 Presidents to portray the Sys-
tem as a whole, and no one could administer a Campus as well
as the President.
Mr. Klasic, in response to a question, stated that the defi-
nition of Chancellor has been given in broad statements,
with certain duties as outlined in the Regents Bylaws, and
this flexibility was built in for the benefit of the Board.
Mr. Klaich related that he felt one of the most clear state-
ments to come from the Governancy Study was that the posi-
tion of Chancellor was to be an integral one in which the
7 Presidents and the Chancellor work as a team for the bene-
fit of the System.
President Maxson presented 3 recommendations on behalf of
President Crowley (who was on a family vacation and unable
to attend the meeting), and himself:
1. The Board should consider only those candidates who have
extensive higher education experience.
2. Candidates should clearly understand the job description
as approved by the Board as a result of the System
3. The Search Committee should set up an orderly and organ-
ized procedure for Campuses to have input about candi-
dates prior to a final decision.
Responding to the recommendation, Mr. Klaich stated he felt
giving more weight to candidates with a higher education
background would be a reasonable approach, and that the
System Governance Study could certainly be explained to
candidates. As for the 3rd recommendation, he commented
that if the Chancellor is expected to serve as liaison for
the Board, then the Board would be the best group to make
that decision. He reiterated that it was absolutely criti-
cal for there to be cohesion between the Chancellor and the
President Calabro related that it is extremely important to
the Community Colleges that the Chancellor be sensitive to
their role in higher education and stressed that the working
relationship developed with the Chancellor's Office staff
is outstanding and that they would not want to see any
change in that relationship.
Mr. Jessup related that the UNR Faculty Senate strongly sup-
ports the 3 recommendations and stated it would like to be
involved in the interview and "winnowing" processes. Dr.
Jones agreed, and related his experiences as a member of the
Institutional Committee during the UNLV Presidential search.
Mr. Plimpton, ASUN President, requested that students be on
the Search Committee.
President Gwaltney, TMCC President, commented that the cali-
ber of the person UNS is looking for also is in great demand
elsewhere. He complimented the Board on the process used
during the recent TMCC Presidential search when he was a
candidate, and related that he felt the hospitality shown
the candidates was outstanding and provided a very good
opportunity to meet the faculty, Presidents, students and
Mr. Foley stressed that UNS Code does not provide specific
procedures for a search, and that personal information on
candidates is needed; however, confidentiality of those
candidates must be maintained. Ms. Del Papa related that
on each of the Search Committees in which she has been a
member, personal contacts pertaining to the candidates have
been made, that it is absolutely essential that this be
Mr. Klasic informed the Board that the UNS Code states there
shall be 4 Regents on the Search Committee, and that it also
makes provision for an advisory committee consisting of
Presidents, Faculty Senate Chairs and Student Government
Officers. Any deviation from this would require a Code
change which would take several months to become effective.
Mr. Foley moved that the Board encourage the ad hoc Chan-
cellor Search Committee to seek the input of the advisory
committee. Mrs. Gallagher seconded. Motion carried.
Mr. Karamanos left the meeting.
Mr. Foley moved that the Committee be instructed to include
in the materials being mailed to candidates, the statement
from the Governance Study which defines the Chancellor's
duties. Mrs. Sheerin seconded. Motion carried.
Mrs. Sheerin moved that the Board recommend to the Search
Committee that extensive higher education experience be
preferred for candidates. Mrs. Kenney seconded. Motion
2. Approved Committee to Contract with Professional Search
The Board approved a request allowing the Committee to enter
into a contract with a professional search service should
they determine one is needed.
Contact had been made with the Professional Search Consulta-
tion Service, which is sanctioned by the Association of
Governing Boards. A proposal for $16,000 for certain serv-
ices to the Board and Search Committee has been received
from that service.
Ms. Del Papa moved to give authority to the ad hoc Chancel-
lor Search Committee to enter into a contract with the
Professional Search Consultation Service should the Commit-
tee deem it advisable. Mrs. Kenney seconded. Motion car-
Mrs. Gallagher stated that she was very pleased with the
strong Campus Presidents currently in office, and urged the
Committee to seek professional services if there does not
appear to be a complete pool of applicants.
The meeting adjourned at 2:00 P.M.
Mary Lou Moser