Regents Committee Selects Two Finalists for Chancellor

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Regents Committee Selects Two Finalists for Chancellor

LAS VEGAS – A Nevada Board of Regents search committee today selected Robert L. King and James E. Rogers as the finalists for the position of chancellor of the state’s public higher education system.

The search committee, which was chaired by Regent Bret Whipple, met this morning to review the applications and resumes of seven candidates who were presented by the search consulting firm Greenwood & Associates, Inc.

After a brief discussion of the candidates, the regents’ committee voted to bring back the top two finalists for interviews on Thursday, April 28.

Robert L. King has served the past five years as chancellor of the State University System of New York. That system is comprised of 64 campuses, including four major university centers, 24 colleges, five colleges of technology, two health science centers and 30 community colleges with an annual operating budget of nearly $8.5 billion. SUNY educates 413,000 degree-seeking students and more than 1.1 million continuing education enrollees.

Previously, King served as the director of the New York State Division of the Budget from 1998 to 1999, and as director of the Governor’s Office of Regulatory Reform from 1995 to 1998. He also served as an assemblyman in the New York State Legislature from 1987 to 1991.

King earned his juris doctorate from Vanderbilt University and a bachelor of arts from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.

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

He is a 1956 graduate of Las Vegas High School. He 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.

He 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.