I watched in utter disbelief as one Las Vegas businessman after another spoke at the Regents’ Meeting to support Don Snyder’s ascendency to the UNLV Presidency. Not one of those business leaders has any idea about the governance of higher education. What a staged embarrassment of the system’s way of handling its business.
But that fiasco aside, the Regents had better adopt a new script for choosing leaders of the System’s eight institutions. The Regents have proved themselves in this one action to be totally without the skill and knowledge to govern.
For a donor looking for a place to put money to improve Nevada’s higher education system, I recommend the Nevada State College and/or The Black Mountain Institute. My family is contributing property valued at $6M to Nevada State College and $10M in cash to the Black Mountain Institute. We have done so but have created safeguards with these institutions that will prohibit the Regents from interfering with these projects.
If there was ever any doubt about our fear of the Regents’ ability to govern, this single amateurish action in appointing Don Snyder as UNLV’s President has confirmed my belief of the Board’s incompetence.
The latest message from the Board of Regents to academia across this country is “We don’t know what we’re doing”.