What sort of message do we send to young Nevadans when all but one of the presidents of our colleges and universities (former Governor Brian Sandoval) are from outside of Nevada? Why does the NSHE Board persist in picking short-term thinkers who have no roots or connections here and who express no long term commitment to our fellow Nevadans?
Having reviewed the finalists for the NSC President vacancy, only one of the candidates seems to me to be even remotely suitable, Dr. Benitez. The other candidates are little more than career bureaucrats who would most likely just be here in Nevada punching a ticket before reaching for their next career ladder rung.
I wish that we could have at least a few good men from Nevada among the finalists. If I were to make the decision myself, I would ask potential candidates about their connections with Nevada, if they would be bringing their families to Nevada and if they would be raising children and grandchildren here alongside our Nevada families? I would want to find a good man who would make a long term commitment to Nevada and who would put down roots here like the rest of us. Current NSC President Bart Patterson has done a great job and his long term commitment to Nevada State College and his fellow Nevadans was brightly displayed during every minute of his tenure.
The Board should reject the Search Committee's slate of finalists and send them back to the drawing board with renewed instructions that include finding someone who is either from Nevada or who has expressed a willingness to make a long term commitment here in Nevada. NSC is at a pivotal point and needs someone with a proven entrepreneurial track record to lead the college to the next level. I strongly encourage the Board to re-open the search.
The NSHE Board will meet on April 29, 2021 to either select one of the finalists for the next President of Nevada State College, or they can reject the recommendation of the Search Committee and re-open the search. I encourage Nevadans to let their voices be heard.
Contact the NSHE Board and insist that the search be reopened to include emphasis on candidates who have roots here or who will make a long term commitment to both Nevada State College and our fellow citizens of Nevada. Public comment to the Board can be made at: https://nshe.nevada.edu/public-comment.
J. Tyler Ballance