West Point chief out at UNLV
LAS VEGAS (AP) – The superintendent at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point has done an about-face and withdrawn from consideration as the next president at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Lt. Gen. Bill Lennox had been poised for endorsement this week by Nevada regents. He issued a statement Sunday from his home in New York saying he changed his mind for personal reasons. He declined to answer questions.
“I view UNLV as a great university on the rise, and wish them the best of luck,” the statement said.
The 13 governing University and Community College System of Nevada regents had been expected Wednesday to ratify a recommendation by a regents presidential search panel.
That meeting has been postponed to Thursday while officials contact two other finalists: Marvin Krislov, vice president and general counsel of the University of Michigan, and David Ashley, executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of California, Merced.
Six Nevada university search committee regents endorsed Lennox last week, while the university faculty senate favored Krislov and an advisory committee of faculty, administrators and donors backed Ashley.
Nevada university Chancellor Jim Rogers told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he thought any of the three finalists would do a good job.
Regent Steve Sisolak, chairman of the UNLV presidential search committee, said his committee wants a new president picked before outgoing UNLV President Carol Harter leaves office June 30.
Harter clashed with Rogers before announcing her resignation in January to take positions at the UNLV Foundation and at UNLV’s Black Mountain Institute.
Some faculty members expressed concern last week that Lennox’s 35-year military career wouldn’t fit a university that emphasizes academic freedom and faculty governance.
David Corsun, an associate professor in UNLV’s school of Hotel Management and a member of the university’s planning council, blamed Rogers and university regents for problems filling the job, which pays $400,000 a year.
Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com
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