This is a week for reflection on the many blessings we enjoy as Americans and Nevadans. As we make plans to spend time with friends and family to contemplate and celebrate our gratitude, I'd like to take a few moments to offer my thanks to the people who have been striving to improve Nevada's public higher education system.
I am thankful for the wonderful and hard-working students, faculty, and staff within NSHE who work tirelessly to enhance the quality and services of NSHE's four community colleges, state college, two universities and environmental research institute. Your efforts and creativity are truly appreciated. Just as important, I am thankful for our many passionate, dedicated and involved community and business partners who come together to enhance our System. At this special time, I would like to share two matters which bring this broad partnership home.
Last week, we completed the search for a new president at UNLV. I'm grateful for the faculty, staff, students, community members, business organizations and regents who dedicated countless hours to helping the University of Nevada, Las Vegas find its next leader. Dr. Len Jessup will be joining UNLV as its 10th president on January 5. Len is currently the dean of the Eller College of Management and holds the Halle Chair in Leadership at the University of Arizona. Previously, he was the dean of the College of Business, vice president of university development, and foundation president of Washington State University and was a tenured faculty member at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. At this critical time, everyone acknowledged how important this hire was and all dedicated their tireless efforts to this very successful search.
We can't welcome a new president at UNLV without being thankful for the amazing leadership team that has been in place at UNLV this past year with President Don Snyder and Provost John Valery White. Both have done an outstanding job during challenging times.
In addition, we just held our second meeting of the Regents' ad hoc Community College Committee where the committee approved a framework for locally empowered advisory councils for each of our colleges to be guided by a Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges. The members also recommended this important committee be made a permanent committee of the Board.
These actions culminate a year of collaboration among the legislators, community activists, and college advocates who shone a light on the critical place our community colleges play in Nevada education and economic development. We are so thankful to everyone who has stood up for our institutions. This is truly a time of renaissance for our colleges.
Please enjoy the time you'll be spending in the coming days with loved ones. Be safe, gracious, and share your gratitude.