Regents name Crowley UNR interim president

Nevada System of Higher Education

5550 W. Flamingo Rd., Suite C-1
Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
Tel: (702) 889-8426



Contact: John Kuhlman
(702) 889-8426 /

Regents name Crowley UNR interim president

LAS VEGAS – The Nevada Board of Regents today unanimously approved the selection of Dr. Joseph Crowley as the interim president for the University of Nevada, Reno.

Crowley will start Dec. 5 with an annual base salary of $208,845. He will receive the standard university president perquisites of an $8,000 annual car allowance, $18,000 annual housing allowance, and a $5,000 annual host account. His contract for interim president will run through June 30, 2006, or sooner if the Board concludes its presidential search.

“Dr. Crowley is a proven leader and an outstanding individual, and we have the utmost confidence in his abilities to lead UNR,” said Bret Whipple, chair of the Board of Regents. “His experience with the university and our System will serve us well in the months ahead as we begin the search for a new president.”

As the interim president, Crowley is not eligible to apply for the permanent position.

Crowley left the presidency of the University of Nevada, Reno in January 2001, after nearly 23 years in the position. He served during the 2001 Nevada State Legislative Session as the coordinator of legislative activities for the University and Community College System of Nevada, then returned to the faculty as Regents Professor and President Emeritus, teaching American political and constitutional history. He retired, formally, in January 2003, but then served for a year (2003-04) as interim president of San Jose State University. He is now again retired, and teaches at UNR occasionally.

Crowley joined the university’s political science faculty in January 1966. A native of Iowa, he spent four years in military service (U.S. Air Force, enlisted ranks), attending the University of Maryland overseas program during that time. He continued his education at the University of Iowa (B.A.), California State University, Fresno (M.A.) and the University of Washington (Ph.D.).

During his first 12 years at UNR, Crowley served as chair of the university’s Faculty Senate (1972-73) and, thereafter, while on leave, was a fellow with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1973-74). He remained in Washington for an additional year, serving as director of institutional studies for the National Commission on Water Quality. He became a department chair in 1976, and held that position until February 1978. At that time, he was appointed as interim president of the university, and one year later assumed the position on a permanent basis.

Highlights of Crowley’s presidential service include the establishment of a university foundation; completion of a major capital campaign; expansion of the campus’ School of Medicine into a statewide institution; development of a new core curriculum and, jointly with that initiative, of an ambitious effort to enhance sponsored faculty research; and founding of the new College of Human and Community Sciences and of the Reynolds School of Journalism.

During Crowley’s administration, initiatives were also launched to put in place a National Public Radio station; a campus-based, community-owned public television station; an effective long-term legislative relations strategy; and a Federal relations program to help diversify the university’s financial support. In addition, a large-scale campus construction/facility expansion and remodeling plan was implemented, along with significant property acquisitions. The latter included a gift of 60 acres on which to build, in collaboration with Truckee Meadows Community College, the new Redfield Campus. These programs and initiatives were put forward based on the principal goal of Crowley’s administration, which was a rededication to and enlargement of the university’s land grant missions.

The Nevada System of Higher Education, comprised of two doctoral-granting universities, a state college, four comprehensive community colleges and one environmental research institute, serves the educational and job training needs of the nation’s fastest growing state. As Nevada’s only system of higher education, the NSHE provides educational opportunities to more than 100,000 students and is governed by the Nevada Board of Regents.