Johnson to Become Next UNR President

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Johnson to Become Next UNR President


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Dr. Marc Johnson, named the next president of UNR by the Board of Regents April 20, 2012.

The Nevada Board of Regents appointed Marc Johnson the next president of the University of Nevada, Reno, with a 9-0 vote. But KUNR's Michael Hagerty has more on why three regents abstained from voting.

The Board of Regents at its meeting in Las Vegas voted nine members in favor of appointing Johnson to the post he's held on an interim basis following the death of Milt Glick last April.

"Thank you for your support," Johnson said. "I will give you my tireless effort to continue the momentum that this university has made working with the faculty, staff, students and the community."

The vote comes after search committees at UNR Wednesday evening announced Johnson was their selection for the job after a week of community forums on campus with the three finalists.

Regent Rick Trachok said the committee felt they needed to look at Dr. Johnson with extra scrutiny because he was the inside candidate -- something he called a handicap. But still Johnson stood out from the other candidates.

"And I have to say Dr. Johnson hit the ball out of the park,"  Trachok said. "This is somebody who's taken a traumatized institution under very very difficult circumstances and guided the institution very carefully on its upward trajectory."

One regent was absent and three abstained from voting because of concerns over elements of the presidential search process. Some expressed concern that the candidate pool wasn't broad enough. But several of those abstaining regents said they still support Johnson as a candidate, but just couldn't support the way the search was handled.

Discussion at one point even bogged down over whether the university would market itself as the University of Nevada or the University of Nevada, Reno.

Regents Chair Jason Geddes emphasized the rules of the search process were followed, but that the board would consider changing and codifying how future searches are handled.

"But today, our decision is if Marc Johnson should be the President of the University of Nevada, Reno," Geddes said. "And I'm willing to support that 100 percent."

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