Former provost to lead NSHE’s youngest, fastest growing, most diverse institution
Nevada State College Provost Lesley DiMare was approved Friday as the school’s interim president by the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents.
DiMare will serve a one-year term and will not be excluded from the search for a permanent president.
She succeeds Fred Maryanski, who served as president from 2005 until his death on July 2.
A national search for a new, permanent president is expected to begin in January 2011.
Chancellor Dan Klaich said in a memorandum to the regents that he and board Chair James Dean Leavitt investigated the wishes of every identifiable stakeholder in NSC with regard to the selection of a new president.
“We indicated that we were meeting with them to listen to them, and we spoke as little as possible,” Klaich said. “We indicated that we were there to hear what they were looking for in a president, who they might be looking for in a president, whether they favored an interim or a long-term appointment.”
The process focused on three names: a former provost, a prominent Henderson businessman and DiMare.
Klaich said he decided against the former provost because he did not believe in reaching outside the state to fill the position, and he had never spoken with the individual.
The chancellor explained that though the Henderson businessman possessed a philosophy about the leadership needs at the school that was common among stakeholders, Klaich felt that asking that individual to come up to speed on everything at NSC, only to serve for a brief time, would be unfair.
DiMare, the chancellor said, understands NSC’s teaching philosophy and is positioned to lead the school through the impending accreditation process that, he said, “is absolutely central to its survival.”
Klaich explained that talks with student leaders, the Open Student Forum, the Nevada Faculty Alliance and 10 other organizations of faculty, staff and administrators yielded many consistencies in views on what NSC should see in its next president.
The meetings also turned up one recurring difference.
“Some stakeholder groups felt that what the campus most needed now was a president who would focus on external duties, reach out to the community, assist in fundraising and fight for the college,” he said. “Other groups thought it was critical to maintain the established working atmosphere on campus, particularly in light of an impending accreditation review — and fight for the college.”
In his recommendation to the regents, Klaich said DiMare presented the best union of these two views.
“I believe that the provost brings just the proper blend of respect for the culture and past successes of NSC together with the energy and experience to know what changes can make it an even better institution,” he said.
Most groups expressed positive views about the provost’s contributions to NSC to date. Only the NSC Foundation’s board of trustees was reported by Klaich as having expressed doubt as to whether any individual currently employed by the school could measure up.
The trustees asked for a candidate who could push legislative relations, fundraising and consensus building.