New NV IWF member Melody Rose (transferred from the Oregon Forum) took the reins of the Nevada System of Higher Education as its newest chancellor Tuesday, entering the system’s top job at a time when NSHE and its eight institutions are faced with the deepest budget crisis since the Great Recession and the still-lingering health threats posed by the Corona Virus pandemic.
A 25-year veteran of higher ed who served briefly as the Oregon University System chancellor and president of Marylhurst University, also in Oregon, Rose takes the reins as one of a handful of new top-level appointees at Nevada’s higher education institutions. She follows newly appointed UNLV President Keith Whitfield, who started the job late last month, as well as the yet-to-be-determined replacement for outgoing UNR President Marc Johnson.
Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Melody Rose (Courtesy NSHE)
In an interview Tuesday, Rose discussed her role in steering the system through those crises, as well as her broader goals as the system’s newest chancellor. This transcript has been edited for length and clarity.
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