Marc Johnson

Exterior of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center at the University of Nevada, Reno.
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Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents Chair Jason Geddes said the board will try to complete its searches for the next presidents of the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before the spring semester ends in mid-May.

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The University of Nevada, Reno has been dealing with the aftermath of recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia where one of its students was photographed participating in a white supremacist rally. 

The events have sparked broader conversations about diversity on campus -- and vocal criticism of the school's efforts, including the recent appointment of its chief diversity officer.   It was a decision made by university president Marc Johnson, who spoke Thursday with our reporter Jacob Solis. 

University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson visits with graduate Jena Valenzuela (center) and Veterans Services Director Terina Caserto.
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It’s graduation season throughout the area. And two weeks ago the quad was packed with thousands of cheering friends and tearful family members seated in rows of white chairs on the green grass amid a sea of black caps and gowns adorned with silver and blue.

The 2016 spring commencement ceremonies featured a University of Nevada, Reno record of 2,710 degrees awarded for undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and medical degrees. And with another record enrollment expected in the fall, this trend is likely to continue for some time.

University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson, on the Quad
UNR

What a difference five years make. With record enrollment today of 21,000 and a growing faculty among several shining new structures, and high-profile research collaborations helping fuel a bustling state economy, the University of Nevada, Reno today has grown from and through the immensely difficult times it faced in April 2011.

President Marc Johnson visited with KUNR's David Stipech for a special and personal interview during the month of Johnson's five-year anniversary at the university's helm (air date 4-22-16).  

President Marc Johnson (left) visits with Terina Caserto and Gabe Kennedy in the KUNR studios.
KUNR

The University of Nevada, Reno's new William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center has just opened on campus. And one of the important services to be housed there is focused on support students who are also veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

The veterans' services have been brought together to facilitate efficient collaboration in the new facility under the name of the Nevada Military Support Alliance Veterans' and Military Center. 

University of Nevada, Reno sophomore Shahil Pema at the KUNR studios.
KUNR

An important facet of the University of Nevada, Reno's mission is to reflect and promote diversity in every way possible.

Sophomore Shahil Pema, a first-generation student from Las Vegas, is a shining example of the quality of current students on campus as part of the university's record levels of diversity. Pema was the guest of University President Marc Johnson on KUNR's Beyond the Headlines (interviewed by David Stipech; air date 1-22-16).

President Johnson previews Tuesday's annual address

Sep 28, 2015
University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson, on the Quad
UNR

The fall semester is underway on the University of Nevada, Reno campus with a record enrollment of 21,000. A number of exciting new building projects are planned or already taking shape, expanding collaborations and projects are spurring economic development, and a steady stream of faculty and student achievements are increasing the university’s prestige across the country and around the world. 

University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson greets students and parents on "Move-in Day" Aug. 20, 2015.
UNR

There’s a little bit of fall already in the air, and it’s definitely feeling that way on the University of Nevada, Reno campus with parents on the grounds, students settling in to the residence halls, the student bookstore doing brisk business and the overall pace and activity picking up. Another record enrollment is expected, with nearly 21,000 students projected for the fall semester.

John Sagebiel, Ph.D.
UNR

Sustainability is an essential aspect of today’s buildings and systems -- along with being an important way of operating and living today -- and the University of Nevada, Reno is no exception. The university’s innovative systems, designs and practices -- and the people leading the sustainability efforts on campus -- are the topic of conversation on KUNR's Beyond the Headlines.

David AuCoin, Ph.D.
Photo by Theresa Danna-Douglas, UNR

While other tragedies and national disasters have taken over the headlines, Ebola remains a serious and persistent global concern.

Dr. David AuCoin is a microbiology professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine who is working in partnership with a Canadian virologist to develop an important point-of-care rapid diagnostic test for Ebola. The testing uses no Ebola sample or human virus, so no risk of exposure exists in this process.

Spring 2015 graduates Ruchi Gakhar (left) and Jake Pereira visit with University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson on KUNR's Beyond the Headlines. 5-1-15
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There's excitement in the air on campus as spring graduation nears. The quad on is roped off so the grass can be ready to host the ceremonies. And students are focused and busy as the Spring 2015 Commencement Exercises are fast approaching, May 15-16.

In the spirit of graduation, University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson invited two of the graduates to the KUNR studios for an interview on Beyond the Headlines.

Laurel Saito, Ph.D., P.E.
UNR

Water is a major topic as well as a vital resource that needs careful study, planning and management to sustain all the human activity in our arid region. The University of Nevada, Reno, offers the nation's only undergraduate program in ecohydrology -- the blending of ecology, hydrology and biology, among other sciences. Ecohydrology involves understanding not just water cycles and natural systems, but the environmental and ecological effects from humans' systems for moving and using water.

Dr. Mridul Gautam, University of Nevada, Reno's Vice President, Research and Innovation
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The University of Nevada, Reno has always placed a high priority on its research capacity and capability. But today the role that Research plays is more vital than ever – not just for the university but as an economic driver and attraction to top students, faculty and industries.

Ken Coll, Dean of the College of Education, University of Nevada, Reno
UNR

The University of Nevada is now part of U-Teach, which prepares high school teachers in what are called the STEM subjects -- Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. 

At the University, it's called NevadaTeach. And beginning this fall, incoming science majors (and eventually other STEM majors) will be able to take part in this focused and streamlined way to receive a teaching certificate and education degree within the four-year course of study.

A look back at the Top 10 University stories from 2014

Jan 12, 2015
UNR Top 10 Stories of 2014 graphic
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The past year at the University of Nevada, Reno was record-setting in terms of enrollment and research, with student achievement and faculty leadership along with world-renowned facilities among the many highlights. University President Marc Johnson and Communications Director Jane Tors reviewed the University's Top 10 Stories of 2014, visiting with David Stipech on KUNR's  Beyond the Headlines (air date 1-9-15).

Here's the list, provided by the University of Nevada, Reno

University marks 140 years at its birthplace — Elko

Oct 30, 2014
Kevin Melcher, NSHE regent, rings the original University school bell which was dedicated in its new framework in Elko on Oct. 22, 2014.
University of Nevada, Reno

 

As Nevada continues to celebrate the Silver State's Sesquicentennial in hundreds of ways statewide, a special ceremony was held Oct. 22 marking the University of Nevada, Reno's 140th birthday in the place it all started -- Elko.

Most people probably don't realize the University Preparatory School -- precursor to the University of Nevada -- first opened its doors in Elko to seven students on Oct. 12, 1874. The Nevada State Legislature approved the relocation of the University of Nevada to Reno in 1885, and students were welcomed to classes in Morrill Hall in 1886.

President Marc Johnson in the KUNR studios, September 2014
KUNR

Dr. Marc Johnson, president of the University of Nevada, Reno, presented his "State of the University" address to faculty, staff and students on Sept. 17. In an interview on KUNR's Beyond the Headlines (aired 9/26/14) with David Stipech, the president discussed the key points of his annual assessment of the university.

Dr. Johnson discussed the four key goals for the university:

Spring semester underway with record enrollment

Sep 2, 2014
Dr. Shannon Ellis, University of Nevada, Reno Vice President for Student Services
University of Nevada, Reno

The University of Nevada, Reno spring semester has begun with a record enrollment of more than 19,000 students on campus. More recognized scholars and growing diversity among the university's students continue recent years' student population trends. University President Marc Johnson and Student Services Vice President Shannon Ellis appeared on KUNR's Beyond the Headlines to talk about diversity and expectations for these students and the activities that welcome them to campus. (Interviewed by David Stipech; air date: 8/29/14)

University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson, on the Quad
UNR

Sometimes it's evident, but often it may be less visible. Yet it is becoming increasingly clear that the University of Nevada, Reno is essential to and intertwined with economic development efforts and programs throughout our region and the Silver State.

On KUNR's Beyond the Headlines, President Marc Johnson discussed the university's vital and growing collaborations and initiatives aimed at boosting area economic growth and diversity. 

President Johnson discussed recent initiatives that exemplify the university’s commitment, including: