Much like a corporate board of directors, Nevada’s Board of Regents governs the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE). Elected to serve a six-year term, the 13 Regents set policies and approve budgets for Nevada's entire public system of higher education: four community colleges, one state college, two universities and one research institute.
The eight institutions the Regents govern include: College of Southern Nevada; Desert Research Institute; Great Basin College; Nevada State College; Truckee Meadows Community College; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; University of Nevada, Reno; and Western Nevada College. For fall semester 2009, more than 108,000 students were enrolled in these institutions.
The Board leadership is comprised of a Chairman (currently Kevin J. Page) and Vice Chairman (currently Rick Trachok) who are elected by the Board’s membership. The term for the Chairman and Vice Chairman is one year (July 1 – June 30), and the Chairman is limited from serving more than two consecutive terms.
Working on behalf of the Board is Chancellor Daniel Klaich, who serves as the NSHE’s chief executive officer, who develops NSHE strategies and implements Board policies. The institutional presidents in turn report to the chancellor.
Board staff includes Scott Wasserman, chief of staff and special counsel to the Board of Regents, R. Scott Young, deputy chief of staff, and four professional support personnel.
Typically, the Board holds four regular meetings each year in addition to committee meetings. These meetings are rotated among the campuses throughout the state. All regular and committee meetings are open to the public, and agendas and minutes are posted on the NSHE’s web site. You can also access this site for additional information on each of the schools within the NSHE as well as to view the Board’s online Handbook, as well as the NSHE Procedures Manual.