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Rick Trachok

Rick Trachok, NSHE Board of RegentsRegent Rick Trachok was appointed by Gov. Brian Sandoval to serve on the Board of Regents in 2011 and was retained in the 2012 and 2014 elections. 

Why do you want to serve on the Board of Regents?

Trachok: While education is important for any state, it is particularly important in Nevada where we have historically underperformed in many national metrics. As a regent, being able to help formulate and implement policy that will improve student performance and student success, and hence my state, is very rewarding. 

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Dr. Andrea Anderson

Andrea Anderson, NSHE Board of RegentsDr. Andrea Anderson was appointed by Governor Jim Gibbons to serve on the Board of Regents on August 31, 2009, and was elected by Nevada voters in 2010. She was retained in the 2012 election as the representative for District 12. She currently serves as chair of the Community College Committee and vice chair of the Audit Committee. She is also a member of the Academic, Research and Student Affairs Committee and the Cultural Diversity and Title IX Compliance Committee.

Why do you want to serve on the Board of Regents?

Anderson: In today’s working world it is almost essential for an individual to have some post-secondary education to be successful and to be able to adjust to the careers of the future.  Our role as regent is to insure that every Nevadan has the opportunity to secure that education and, through my service on the Board, I can work toward providing that opportunity.  

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Cedric Crear

Cedric Crear, NSHE Board of RegentsRegent Cedric Crear was elected to the Board of Regents in 2006 and was retained in the 2012 election as the representative for District 1 in Clark County. He currently serves as chair of the Cultural Diversity and Title IX Compliance Committee. He is also a member of the Business, Finance and Facilities Committee, Investment Committee, Athletics Committee, and the ad hoc DRI President Search Committee. In July 2013, he was chosen to serve on the UNLV Campus Improvement Authority Board of Directors.

Why do you want to serve on the Board of Regents?

Crear: I wanted to find a way to serve my community. I believe higher education is critical to a community’s success and serving through the Board of Regents has been a way for me to make a positive impact.

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Jason Geddes, Ph.D.

Jason Geddes, Ph.D., NSHE Board of RegentsRegent Jason Geddes was appointed by Gov. Kenny Guinn to serve on the Board of Regents in 2006 and was retained in the 2008 election as the representative for District 11. He currently serves as chair of the Academic, Research and Student Affairs Committee and the ad hoc DRI President Search Committee. He serves as co-chair of the Athletics Committee. He is also a member of the Community College Committee, Health Sciences System Committee, Investment Committee and the ad hoc Chancellor Search Committee.

Why do you want to serve on the Board of Regents?

Geddes: I always wanted to serve since being in student government and going to the Regents' meetings. I thought it was the best way for me to give back to the higher education system that has given me so much.

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Trevor Hayes

Trevor Hayes., NSHE Board of RegentsTrevor Hayes moved to Southern Nevada in 1992 to cheer on his beloved Runnin' Rebels as a student at UNLV. In subsequent years, he fell in love with the state of Nevada. His passion for higher education and his adopted state prompted to him to seek and win election to the Board of Regents in 2014. He currently serves as vice chair of the Cultural Diversity and Title IX Compliance Committee. He is also a member of the Athletics Committee, Business, Finance and Facilities Committee, Investment Committee and the ad hoc Chancellor Search Committee. In January 2017, Regent Hayes was appointed to the Board of Directors of the UNLV Campus Improvement Authority.

Why do you want to serve on the Board of Regents?

Hayes: I was a first-generation college student and education allowed me to dramatically alter the trajectory of my life. I want to help others use college to change their lives. I also believe that higher education can help solve many of the problems facing our state, in areas such as economic development and health, as well as to improve the general quality of life of Nevadans.

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Sam Lieberman

Sam Lieberman, NSHE Board of RegentsSam Lieberman has been a longtime champion of higher education for over three decades in Nevada. A 1996 graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in Social Work, Regent Lieberman has committed himself to our university and community college system both as a student and an active alumnus.

Why do you want to serve on the Board of Regents?

Lieberman: I’ve been a student of the Board of Regents for a long time. I attended my first Board meeting as a student government representative in the early 80s and that experience felt like a natural path of what I wanted to do with my life.

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