Press Release
Las Vegas, Nevada - Oct. 21, 2011
The Board of Regents today unanimously approved the appointment of Bart Patterson to serve as the interim president of Nevada State College.
Bart PattersonPatterson, who is currently the vice chancellor of administrative & legal affairs for the Nevada System of Higher Education, will begin Nov. 1. He will replace Dr. Lesley Di Mare who has accepted the presidency at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

"Bart Patterson brings a wealth of credibility, intellect and critical thinking to the presidency, as well as his experience as a long-standing advocate for Nevada State College's mission," said Jason Geddes, Board of Regents chair.

Patterson was appointed as the vice chancellor of administrative & legal affairs in September 2009, having previously served as the NSHE's chief counsel since August 2006. As vice chancellor, he has responsibility for human resources, purchasing and legal operations statewide, and he manages the Las Vegas system office.

Patterson also has responsibility for the Board of Regents efficiency and effectiveness initiative to examine ways of improving the efficiency of NSHE business operations. He has also served the System as deputy general counsel, assistant general counsel, and as general counsel for the College of Southern Nevada and Nevada State College. Patterson is also an adjunct instructor in public policy at Nevada State College.

Prior to joining the NSHE in March 2001, Patterson was an attorney in private practice for more than 13 years, including Daughton, Hawkins, Brockelman, Guinan and Patterson in Phoenix; the national law firm Bryan Cave; and locally with John H. Cotton & Associates.

Patterson earned a bachelor's degree (magna cum laude) in political science from Utah State University in 1984, and a juris doctor (with honors) from Duke University School of Law in 1987.
About Nevada State College
Founded in 2002, Nevada State College is a four-year public college offering more than 24 majors and minors leading to a bachelor's degree.  Based in Henderson, Nev., Nevada State College serves over 3,200 students representing a broad array of cultural and economic backgrounds.  In every field of study, classes are taught by experienced faculty who serve as mentors and guides.  With an average class size of only 20 students, Nevada State College fosters a personal learning environment where students receive the support they need to succeed.  For more information, visit www.nsc.nevada.edu.
About the Nevada System of Higher Education
The Nevada System of Higher Education, comprised of two doctoral-granting universities, a state college, four comprehensive community colleges and one environmental research institute, serves the educational and job training needs of the nation's fastest growing state. The NSHE provides educational opportunities to more than 114,800 students and is governed by the Nevada Board of Regents.
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