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Similar to a corporate board of directors, Nevada’s Board of Regents governs the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE). Elected to serve a six-year term, the 13 Regents approve budgets and set policy for Nevada’s public system of higher education: four community colleges, one state college, two universities, and one research institute.

The eight institutions the Regents govern include: College of Southern Nevada, Desert Research Institute, Great Basin College, Nevada State College, Truckee Meadows Community College, University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of Nevada Reno, and Western Nevada College. Over 100,000 students each year attend one or more of these institutions.

Board leadership is comprised of a Chairman and Vice-Chairman, who are elected by the Board’s membership. The Chancellor is the NSHE’s chief executive officer and reports directly to the Board, typically communicating with the Chair on a daily basis. The Chancellor is responsible for developing and implementing Board strategies, initiatives, and policies. The eight presidents of each institution report directly to the Chancellor.

Typically, the Board holds four regular meetings each year, and additional committee and special meetings as needed. Regular meetings are rotated among the campuses throughout the State.

Board Service

Mr. Leavitt, was elected in 2004, and re-elected in 2010, to the Nevada Board of Regents. His colleagues unanimously elected him to serve as Chairman of the Board, in 2009 and 2010. While Chairman, he was a fierce advocate for adequately funding Nevada higher education. In 2013, while Chairman of the Health Sciences Committee, Regent Leavitt led the successful effort, aided by many others, to establish and create the UNLV School of Medicine. In 2015, the Nevada legislature approved its funding. This remarkable achievement, coupled with his state-wide public service, has cemented his reputation as one of Nevada’s most recognizable higher education leaders.

In addition to Chairing the Board, Regent Leavitt has served as Chair of the Health Sciences Committee, Investment Committee, Student and Academic Affairs Committee, and Board Development Committee. He was appointed by the board chair, in 2013, to serve as a member on the UNLV Campus Improvement Authority Board, which studied the need and feasibility for a large events stadium on campus. He was also appointed by Governor Guinn, in 2006, to serve as a member on the Medical, Education, Research, and Training Commission. He is a member of the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals – Ninth Circuit, United States District Court – District of Nevada, and the Supreme Court of the State of Nevada. Finally, he is a member of the American Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.