The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents took the unusual step of appointing a former politician to lead UNR on Thursday, unanimously naming ex-Gov. Brian Sandoval as the university’s 17th president and marking a formal end to the months-long search to replace outgoing President Marc Johnson.
In doing so, regents also approved a $500,000 base salary — roughly on-par with the contract approved earlier this year for newly appointed UNLV President Keith Whitfield and slightly more than that for new system Chancellor Melody Rose. Sandoval’s contract also stipulates $8,000 for a car allowance, $18,000 for a housing allowance and a $5,000 host account, all per fiscal year.
“We’re going to go through some difficult times, but I do believe that the future is bright,” Sandoval said, addressing regents after the vote.
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This portion of the article is shared as part of our collaboration with The Nevada Independent. This story was originally published on Sept. 17 and written by Jacob Solis.