Committee Recommends Rogers To Be Chancellor

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Regents' Committee Recommends Rogers To Be Chancellor

LAS VEGAS – A Nevada Board of Regents search committee today recommended James E. Rogers for the position of chancellor of the state’s higher education system. The committee’s recommendation will be heard by the full Board at a special meeting May 6, 2005.

The search committee, chaired by Regent Bret Whipple, met this morning to interview both finalists for the position; James E. Rogers and Robert L. King. “The committee interviewed two excellent candidates today. The State of Nevada can be proud to have had candidates of this caliber interested in our System,” said Whipple. “The committee felt that Jim Rogers has done a great deal for the system during his tenure as interim chancellor and we look forward to his continued leadership.”

Rogers is currently serving as the interim chancellor for the UCCSN and has held the post since May 2004.

A 1956 graduate of Las Vegas High School, Rogers has degrees in accounting (B.S.) and law (LL.B.) from the University of Arizona and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of Southern California. He was a teaching fellow in the law school of the University of Illinois in 1963 and 1964. In 1998 he was awarded a Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) from the University of Arizona. Rogers holds honorary doctorates from University of Arizona, Idaho State University, Kentucky Wesleyan, Carroll College and University of Nevada Las Vegas. He is also a member of the State Bar Associations of Nevada, Arizona and California.

Rogers was the founder of Valley Broadcasting Company in 1971 when the company made application to the Federal Communications Commission for its broadcast license and has served as the company's chief executive officer since 1979 when KVBC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Las Vegas, went on the air. Rogers owns 98 percent of the stock of Sunbelt Communications Company, which owns and operates the NBC affiliate television stations in Las Vegas, Reno, Winnemucca and Elko, Nevada; Yuma, Arizona; El Centro, California; Helena, Montana; Pocatello-Idaho Falls, Idaho; and Jackson, Wyoming; and the Fox affiliate in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Rogers was in active law practice in Las Vegas from 1964 through 1988, at which time he ceased practicing to devote 100 percent of his time to the development of the television and radio stations of Sunbelt.

In addition to Whipple, members of the Regents’ Chancellor Search committee include Dr. Jill Derby, Douglas Roman Hill, Howard Rosenberg, Douglas Seastrand, and Steve Sisolak.

The Nevada Board of Regents is the elected, 13-member governing body for the University and Community College System of Nevada. Comprising two doctoral-granting universities, a state college, four comprehensive community colleges and one environmental research institute, the UCCSN serves the educational and job training needs of the nation’s fastest growing state. As Nevada’s only system of higher education, the UCCSN provides educational opportunities to more than 100,000 students.