Regents Terminate UNLV President's Contract

Regents Terminate UNLV President's Contract

Las Vegas, Nevada // July 10, 2009 -- After a six-hour public evaluation of UNLV president, Dr. David Ashley, the Nevada Board of Regents unanimously voted to terminate his contract, effective immediately.

"This is a sad day for the Nevada System of Higher Education," said Board Chairman, James Dean Leavitt. "During his three years as president, Dr. Ashley made outstanding contributions to the System, and in particular, UNLV. The painful decision we made today was in the best interest of the UNLV family."

The motion approved by the Board is as follows:

  1. Remove Dr. Ashley from the position of president and reassign him to academic faculty, effective immediately;
  2. Pay Dr. Ashley only his base salary ($246,424 annual) for the balance of the contract term (through June 30, 2010); and
  3. Chancellor Daniel Klaich, in consultation with Dr. Ashley, will arrange for the relocation of Dr. Ashley's office at UNLV, and will bring to the Board at a later meeting, an appropriate recommendation for faculty assignment, transition plan, and faculty salary upon completion of the transition plan.

Until such time as the Board of Regents appoints an interim president, the next highest officer of the university, Provost Neal Smatresk, will be acting as president.

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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. The NSHE provides educational opportunities to more than 108,000 students and is governed by the Nevada Board of Regents.