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Rick Trachok, Chairman

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. He currently serves as chairman of the Board of Regents.

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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Michael Wixom, Vice Chairman

Michael B. Wixom, NSHE Board of RegentsRegent Michael B. Wixom was appointed by Gov. Kenny Guinn to serve on the Board of Regents in 2005 and was elected in 2006. He was re-elected in 2010. He currently serves as vice chairman of the Board of Regents and is a member of the ad hoc Chancellor Search Committee and the ad hoc DRI President Search Committee.

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

Wixom: I have a deep commitment to higher education. As a first generation college student, I appreciate the difference education made in my life and have an understanding of the positive impact it can have on the lives of people in our state. I want to make sure everyone in Nevada has the opportunity to attend a community college, state college or university. Giving back to education, and higher education specifically, is a vital area of service for me.  

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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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