A semi-retired educator and a physician are vying for the District 5 seat on Nevada’s higher education board.
The candidates — Patrick Boylan and Dr. Nick “Doc” Spirtos — are running for the seat during the Nov. 3 general election. The district’s boundaries include parts of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas.
Sam Lieberman was the incumbent and was planning to seek reelection, but died April 3 at age 58 while in office. Gov. Steve Sisolak appointed Lisa Levine in June to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the term.
Regents govern Nevada’s public higher education system and its eight schools, including UNLV and UNR, Nevada State College, four community colleges and Desert Research Institute. Those schools serve more than 100,000 students.
Boylan served on the Nevada state Board of Education from 2002 to 2006 and was also previously a member of the Winchester Town Advisory Board. He ran for Congress in 2016, for Assembly in 2010 and Clark County School Board in 1998.
He said he’s a semi-retired educator who leads seminars and trainings on safety and emergency management. Boylan — who earned two master’s degrees from UNLV — was a community college computer instructor for 11 years.
Boylan said in early August that since he served on the Board of Education and is semi-retired now, he wants to help Nevada’s colleges and universities. “I think we are going to have a lot of issues, and the students are the ones that are going to suffer and I don’t want that to happen.”
Boylan said he has a lot of respect for Gov. Steve Sisolak, but disagrees with having “political cronies,” friends and donors appointed to public boards. “I’m all for being elected and doing what the people want.”
Spirtos, medical director at Women’s Cancer Center of Nevada,