Board of Regents seats up in air with no incumbents running – Nevada Current

NSHE’s Las Vegas office on Maryland Parkway. (Nevada Current file photo)

Nevada’s higher education system expects its recent influx of new faces to continue with three representative seats on the ballot in the November election.

The six candidates vying for positions on the Board of Regents will face off at a time when a ballot initiative could fundamentally shift authority over the system to the state Legislature.

Question 1 on the ballot is an effort to eliminate references to an elected Board of Regents from the state constitution. The move would vest power in the Nevada Legislature to determine the future “governance, control, and management” of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE).

Currently, the board consists of 13 members who appoint a chancellor. They selected Melody Rose as the system’s new chancellor in June, about a month before appointing Keith Whitfield as president of UNLV and three months before selecting former Gov. Brian Sandoval to lead the University of Nevada Reno. The board is now also tasked with the selection of a president for Nevada State College.

Three board seats — those representing districts 2, 3 and 5 — are up for grabs with no incumbents running in the Nov. 3 general election. 

District 2

Former Las Vegas City Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian entered the District 2 race against former regent Bret Whipple with a hefty war chest.

Las Vegas City Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian, courtesy City of Las Vegas

Tarkanian, who spent 14 years on the Las Vegas City Council and 12 years on the Clark County School Board, retired from her council position last year.

Financial disclosure reports filed with the Secretary of State on expenses and income show she spent more than $17,500 as of June 30, with nearly all of that money paid to campaign consulting business SoCo

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