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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 6, 2005
Rogers Selected as Chancellor
LAS VEGAS – Nevada’s Board of Regents today unanimously approved the selection of James E. Rogers as the ninth Chancellor of the University and Community College System of Nevada.
“Jim Rogers has proven his leadership abilities during his tenure as interim chancellor and has done an outstanding job during challenging times,” said Board Chair Stavros Anthony. “The Board of Regents looks forward to working with him in our ongoing efforts to make this system of higher education world class.”
The Board approved a three-year contract for Rogers with an annual salary of $23,660. Rogers will receive no perquisites such as an expense account, housing allowance or automobile allowance.
Prior to his appointment, Rogers held the position of interim chancellor 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 the University of Arizona, Idaho State University, Kentucky Wesleyan, Carroll College and the 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.
A nationwide search for the chancellor position was conducted on behalf of the Board by search consulting firm, Greenwood and Associates, Inc. The Regents’ committee selected two finalists on April 25, 2005. On April 28, the two chosen finalists met with committee members for interviews and Rogers was selected as the name to bring before the full Board of Regents today.
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.