UNR President Contract Renewed Through 2009


April 15, 2005

Contact: Suzanne Ernst (702) 889-8426

UNR President Contract Renewed Through 2009

CARSON CITY – The Board of Regents today concluded the periodic evaluation of President John Lilley and renewed his contract as well as approved a supplemental compensation package provided by the university’s foundation.

“President Lilley has done a remarkable job leading the University of Nevada, Reno,” said Dr. Stavros Anthony, Board chair. “The evaluation committee gave him high marks in many areas and also provided guidance for continued improvement. Overall, he has done well in representing the best interests of the students, faculty and staff during his four years with UNR.”

Regents conduct annual evaluations and periodic evaluations of all eight UCCSN presidents. Lilley’s periodic evaluation began in December and incorporated a wide range of feedback from faculty, staff, students and members of the community.

Lilley’s current contract ends June 30, 2006 and was renewed today through June 30, 2009. His base salary will be $227,500 effective today. He will continue to receive the presidential annual perquisites of an $8,000 car allowance, $18,000 housing allowance, and a $5,000 host account. Lilley was also granted tenure today.

In a separate action, the Board also approved a request by the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation to provide supplemental compensation to Lilley. He will receive an extra salary benefit of $50,000 per year in compensation and benefits which will take effect July 1, 2005. He will also receive deferred compensation of $40,000 per year at the completion of each fiscal year of service.

“It has been a distinct honor to serve as president of this state’s historic, research and land-grant university for the past four years,” said Lilley. “I am immensely grateful for the ideas, energy and willingness of the members of the university community to embrace new priorities and expand important areas of scholarship and research. We have a great deal more to do as we continue building on the enormous legacy left by my predecessor, Joe Crowley. My wife Gerrie and I look forward to working with everyone to help Nevada successfully address the challenges and opportunities awaiting the country’s fastest-growing state.”

Since coming to UNR, Lilley played a vital role in the university achieving its biggest fundraising year with a record $120 million in externally sponsored research grants and projects and $32 million in private fund raising. In addition, enrollment has grown from 12,000 to nearly 16,000 and the university has reached its highest percentage (16 percent) of students of color.

Previously, Dr. Lilley was the head of Penn State Erie from 1980-2001. Penn State Erie is a four-year and graduate degree-granting campus specializing in science, engineering and business.

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.