The Nell J. Redfield Foundation did UNR’s new president,
Marc Johnson, no favor when the Foundation threatened to make no additional donations to UNR if Johnson were not chosen president. If the letter the Foundation wrote was not an intended as a threat, it certainly looked enough like one to be one.
The Regents also failed Johnson in not openly repudiating the Redfield threat long before Johnson ‘s selection. Johnson could probably and will probably handle the presidency very well. I have heard good things about him.
But there will always be a question of whether the other candidates could have done a better job had one of them been selected in a fair search.