September 2-3, 1977
BOARD OF REGENTS
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA SYSTEM
September 2, 1977
The Board of Regents met in Special Meeting on the above date in
the Teacher Education building, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Members present: Fred M. Anderson, M. D.
Mr. James L. Buchanan, II
Mr. John Buchanan
Mrs. Lilly Fong
Mr. Chris Karamanos
Mrs. Molly Knudtsen
Louis E. Lombardi, M. D.
Mr. John Tom Ross
Members absent: Miss Brenda Mason
Others present: Chancellor Neil D. Humphrey
President Donald H. Baepler, UNLV
President Max Milam, UNR
President Lloyd Smith, DRI
Executive Vice President Russell Bloyer, CCCC
Executive Vice President Jack Davis, WNCC
General Counsel Larry Lessly
Ms. Barbara Summers, Unit Senate
Mr. Robert Hill, WNCC/South Senate
Mrs. Joanne Dain, WNCC/North Senate
Dr. Paul Page, UNR Senate
Dr. Clarence Ray, UNLV Senate
The meeting was called to order by Chairman Buchanan at 8:55 A.M.
Mr. Buchanan announced that the Special Meeting of the Board had
been called to receive the resignation of Chancellor Humphrey, to
adopt a procedure for the recruitment of a new Chancellor, in-
cluding appointment of an ad hoc committee of the Board, and to
appoint an Acting Chancellor until a permanent successor to Dr.
Humphrey has been appointed. He stressed that the proceedings
would be open unless a motion was introduced to close the session
for discussion of a specific individual.
1. Resignation of Chancellor
Dr. Humphrey submitted the following letter of resignation:
I respectfully request that you accept my resignation
as Chancellor of the University of Nevada System,
effective 5:00 P.M., Monday, September 19, 1977. As
you will recall, I informed each of you by telephone
August 12, 1977 of my intention to resign effective in
late September in order to accept the position of
President of the University of Alaska.
I wish to thank you for the opportunity that was given
me when I was appointed Chancellor. I have enjoyed
these past nine and one-half years as Chancellor and
my entire sixteen years at the University. I sincerely
wish the Board, faculty, staff and students success in
the future in serving Nevada.
Mrs. Knudtsen moved that the resignation be accepted with
regret and that Dr. Humphrey be released from his current
contract as requested. Motion seconded by Dr. Anderson,
carried without dissent.
Mr. Ross moved that a resolution of appreciation be prepared
commending Dr. Humphrey for his effective leadership for the
past ten years as Chancellor, and further moved that the
Regents host a party in honor of Dr. Humphrey with funds
to be provided from the Board of Regents Special Projects
Fund. Motion seconded by Mrs. Fong, carried unanimously.
2. Procedure for Recruitment of New Chancellor
Chancellor Humphrey submitted the following recommendations
concerning the procedure to be followed in the recruitment
and appointment of a new Chancellor:
Chairman Buchanan has requested that I identify the
sections of the Code which control the process of
selecting a new Chancellor and that I suggest a
procedure to be followed.
The pertinent section of the Code is 1.4.4 which reads
Whenever a vacancy occurs in the position of
Chancellor, an ad hoc committee of the Board of
Regents shall be appointed by the Chairman for the
purpose of recruiting and screening nominees and
applicants. The committee shall be provided staff
assistance by the Secretary of the Board and such
other staff as it may request. The committee shall,
before it makes recommendations to the Board, con-
sult with a specific review committee consisting
of Division Presidents, Chairmen of all Faculty
Senates and presidents of all student governments.
I believe this procedure allows the Board to move with
reasonable speed and insures consultation with repre-
sentatives of students and faculty and the Officers of
the University. It should enable you to make an ap-
pointment within four to six months and still meet all
affirmative action-equal opportunity guidelines.
Mrs. Bonnie Smotony, the Board's Secretary, has the
ability and the experience to provide "staff assistance"
and no additional staff is needed. The basic steps and
time frame should be as follows:
September 12 - Immediate placement of an advertisement
October 31 in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Many potential applicants and persons
wishing to nominate candidates will al-
ready have become aware of the vacancy
from the announcement of my appointment
in Alaska which soon will appear in the
Chronicle, and in various national jour-
nals and newsletters. The advertisement
should specify the deadline for applica-
tions (not nominations). That date
should not be earlier than one month
from the date of the first advertisement
but need not be more than six weeks. An
extended deadline for application does
not generate more or better applicants;
it merely delays the process and encour-
ages procrastination by applicants, es-
pecially those who do not wish to appear
November Mrs. Smotony will establish a base file
for each applicant with a copy sent to
each committee member as the application
is received. The committee will meet to
select a top group for which references
will be secured.
The committee will meet a second time to
further review the files, including the
reference letters and reports of tele-
phone calls. A decision is reached
concerning which applicants are to be
invited for interview.
December Applicants interviewed individually in
Reno and Las Vegas by committee members
and Presidents. Group meetings arranged
in both cities for applicants to be in-
terviewed by faculty Senate Chairmen and
Student Body Presidents. (A general in-
formal reception could also be held for
Committee consults with "specific review
committee" and with System Equal Oppor-
tunity Officer and makes recommendation
January Board interviews those finalists it de-
sires to see again and makes selection.
New Chancellor then assumes office as
soon thereafter as is practicable.
I believe that this schedule is feasible. It is,
furthermore, highly desirable that a new Chancellor be
on duty very early in 1978 in order that he or she can
participate fully in the planning and budgeting process
which will be commented upon at length at the September
Dr. Anderson suggested that all Regents receive copies of
the applicant's files as they are compiled, and that all
Regents be informed of the meetings of the committee in
order that they may attend if they wish. He also recom-
mended that all Regents be given an opportunity to meet
candidates and their spouses as they are invited for the
Dr. Anderson moved that the suggested procedures be adopted
with the additional suggestions as noted above. Motion
seconded by Mrs. Fong, carried without dissent.
3. Allocation of Recruiting Expense Fund
Chancellor Humphrey recommended that the Board allocate
$5,000 from the Board of Regents Special Projects Fund for
Mrs. Fong moved approval. Motion seconded by Dr. Anderson,
carried without dissent.
Mr. John Buchanan requested that the Chancellor prepare a
position paper on the Office of the Chancellor, its duties
and responsibilities, for review by the committee and for
the benefit of the prospective applicants for the position.
Mrs. Fong reported that she had already requested the Chan-
cellor to provide a written report to the Board on what he
considered to be his most significant accomplishments during
during his tenure as Chancellor, and some words of advice
for his successor on what he perceived to be the major prob-
lems facing higher education in Nevada.
Dr. Anderson suggested that rather than a formal report,
perhaps time could be scheduled for a discussion at the
September meeting during which the Chancellor could share
with the Board such ideas as he might believe would be help-
ful to the Board and the acting Chancellor during the suc-
Chancellor Humphrey stated that he would be pleased to do
as the Board wished; however, he stated that he did not
believe it desirable for an outgoing Officer to impose upon
the Board or upon his successor his ideas as to what should
be done in the future. He also stated that he was reluctant
to appear to "trumpet his major accomplishments". He agreed
that if the Board believed that a discussion would be bene-
ficial, he would be happy to participate, and he would also
be willing to write a report, perhaps by October, where he
would share his observations with the Board. Dr. Humphrey
expressed his satisfaction with the continuing consultation
which has occurred among the Officers, and urged that such
consultation continue. He also expressed his satisfaction
with the input of faculty and students, noting that such
input is desirable and beneficial.
It was agreed that the Board would welcome receiving a
written report from Dr. Humphrey some time before
4. Appointment of Ad Hoc Committee
Chairman Buchanan appointed the following ad hoc committee
of the Board for recruitment and screening of applicants
for the position of Chancellor:
Mr. John Tom Ross, Chairman
Mrs. Molly Knudtsen, Vice Chairman
Mr. Chris Karamanos
Mr. James L. Buchanan, II
5. Appointment of Acting Chancellor
Chairman Buchanan requested nominations from the Board for
appointment as Acting Chancellor.
Mr. Karamanos nominated Dr. Donald H. Baepler. Nomination
was seconded by Mr. Ross.
Dr. Fred Anderson nominated Mr. Russell Mc Donald. Nomin-
ation was seconded by Mrs. Fong.
Results of the roll call ballot were as follows:
Mr. Mc Donald - Dr. Anderson
Dr. Baepler - Mr. John Buchanan, Mrs. Fong, Mr.
Kramanos, Mrs. Knudtsen, Dr. Lombardi,
Mr. Ross, Mr. James Buchanan
Dr. Anderson requested that his vote be changed and that a
unanimous ballot be cast for Dr. Baepler.
The Chairman directed that a letter be written to Mr.
Mc Donald, thanking him for allowing his name to be consid-
ered for this acting appointment and inviting his applica-
tion for the permanent appointment. It appeared to be the
consensus of the Board, with which Dr. Baepler agreed, that
if the recruiting period should extend beyond 4-6 months,
there should be further discussion and consideration of the
advisability of Dr. Baepler's continuing in the acting
There being no further business, the Special Meeting of the Board
of Regents was declared to be adjourned.