Crowley Top Candidate for UNR Interim Presidency

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Crowley named top candidate for UNR interim presidency

RENO, Nevada – Board of Regents Chair Bret Whipple, Vice Chair Dorothy Gallagher, and Chancellor James E. Rogers announced today that they are recommending that Dr. Joe Crowley be appointed the interim president of the University of Nevada, Reno.

Crowley, who previously served as the university’s president for nearly 23 years, was selected after the two regents and chancellor met with campus representatives last week. The announcement was made during a press conference held today on the UNR campus.

“We listened to what UNR students, faculty and staff wanted in an interim president and balanced that with the expectations of the Board of Regents,” said Whipple. “After those conversations, it became obvious that our best option was Dr. Crowley, even though he had not submitted his name for consideration.”

Crowley’s name will be forwarded to the full, 13-member Board of Regents for consideration at their next meeting on Dec. 1 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. If approved by the Board, Crowley could begin the interim presidency as early as December 5. Whipple, Gallagher and Rogers will present a compensation package to the regents at next week’s meeting.

Crowley left the UNR presidency in January 2001, after nearly 23 years in the position. He returned to the faculty as Regents Professor and President Emeritus, teaching American political and constitutional history. He formally retired in January 2003, but then served as the interim president of San Jose State University for one year.

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.