September 17-18, 1955
Volume 7 - Pages 163-165
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
September 17, 1955
The Executive Committee of the Board of Regents met in the Presi-
dent's office on Saturday, September 17, 1955. Present: Regents
Hardy, Lombardi, Thompson and Ross.
The meeting was called to order by the Chairman at 2:35 P.M.
Mr. Ross stated that the purpose of the meeting was to discuss
reports that appeared in the local newspapers concerning the
selection of someone to make an investigation of the University
(as per legislative action).
Following general discussion on the advisability of approaching
the Legislative Commission.
Motion by Dr. Lombardi carried that the following letter be sent
from the Board of Regents to each member of the Legislative
Commission, with a copy to Legislative Counsel Springmeyer. Mr.
Thompson expressed himself as favoring an approach by the Re-
gents to the Legislative Commission, but not in the form of a
Recent newspaper accounts of your steps toward appointing
a group to make an investigation of the University of Nevada
have been read by members of the Board of Regents with con-
siderable concern. With confidence that the Legislative
Commission would seek to act with sincere impartiality and
good faith in this matter, the Board of Regents wishes to
remind you of the following:
I. The President and the Board of Regents were among the
first to recommend a thorough study of the University.
We specifically asked that an inquiry be conducted
into all phases of the University by an impartial
board of competent educators, nationally recognized
as qualified to evaluate the program of a Land-Grant
College and State University.
II. The fact that we were in full support of such a study
was used in statements during debate upon the floors
of the Legislature.
III. During the above discussions, verbal assurances were
made by some members of the Legislature that the Board
of Regents would have an opportunity to concur in the
selection of the inquiry group. The Board of Regents
must have confidence in the group if the study is to
have any real effect upon the future of the Univer-
The State Constitution says that the University is "to
be controlled by a Board of Regents". The members of
the Board of Regents are elected by vote of the people
of the entire State for 4-year terms. They are re-
sponsible to that electorate.
IV. Since the University of Nevada is a Land-Grant College
and State University, it must look also to the follow-
ing groups for approval of its program and operation:
1. Association of Land-Grant Colleges and Univer-
2. National Association of State Universities.
3. American Council on Education.
4. Association for Higher Education (N. E. A.)
5. United States Office of Education.
6. Northwest Association of Secondary and Higher
V. While the Legislature was in session, the Regents re-
quested the Attorney General to contact some of the
above organizations for suggested steps and competent
individuals. The Attorney General passed the received
recommendations on to the Legislative Counsel.
In addition, the Legislative Counsel made his own in-
quiries of these organizations and has received recom-
mendations from them.
VI. National authorities in education have repeatedly
emphasized that the proper study of a Land-Grant
College and State University is a very complex task.
Only those people experienced in such studies and
the organization and operation of these institutions
are in a position to evaluate with any degree of
VII. At your meeting of September 2, 1955, the Legislative
Counsel recommended Dr. Dean Mc Henry, a Professor of
Political Science at U. C. L. A. to direct this study.
Our inquiry of Dr. Mc Henry reveals the following
1. Dr. Dean Mc Henry was never offered the posi-
tion of President of the University of Nevada
and has not made such a statement.
a) He was proposed for the position in 1950,
but Dr. Love was selected and appointed.
b) Because of the previous proposal and con-
sideration, he was on the list of poten-
tial candidates in 1952. He was not in-
terested in being a candidate at that time
because he was seeking political office.
2. We have been informed that Dr. Dean Mc Henry
was not on the lists of people proposed by the
above mentioned organizations to participate
in the study. His name was unknown to the
offices of these organizations.
3. News accounts indicate that Dr. Mc Henry had
agreed to make the study in close cooperation
with the Legislative Counsel's office. The
Board of Regents does not believe this is
wise. Once the individual or group is select-
ed, he, or they, must be completely free of
any individual or group. The study and report
must be conducted with complete independence.
History of such studies indicates that the
most satisfactory studies have been made by
independently operating boards.
VIII. The Board of Regents wishes to request that the person
appointed to direct the study be one who is recommend-
ed as competent by several of the organizations named
Very truly yours,
S. E. Ross, Chairman
Board of Regents
It was agreed, by consensus, that the letter not be released to
anyone other than the addressees.
The meeting adjourned at 4:15 P.M.