President of the regents and vice-president step down in the middle of the investigation

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Yasmina Chavez

An exterior view of the Nevada System of Higher Education building Thursday, October 14, 2021. YASMINA CHAVEZ

Nevada Board of Regents chair and vice-chair reportedly quit their board officer positions amid an investigation into the charges against them by the higher education system’s top administrator of State.

President Cathy McAdoo and Vice President Patrick Carter will remain on the 13-member board but will not be its two top executives during the investigation, the Sun has learned. The change will take effect on November 12, when a special meeting has been scheduled to elect an interim president and vice-president.

McAdoo and Carter were named in a complaint filed by Chancellor Melody Rose in early October alleging the two regents discriminated against him on the basis of his gender, undermined his authority, committed ethical and legal violations. code of conduct and engaged in other inappropriate behavior in an orchestrated setting. try to oust him. She claimed that with their actions, McAdoo and Carter subjected her to a hostile work environment. In response to his accusations, the regents hired a Las Vegas law firm to investigate.

Regent John T. Moran called on McAdoo and Carter to step down as officers pending investigation, but the two initially stayed put until their resignation Thursday. It’s unclear why McAdoo and Carter chose to step down this week, but sources familiar with the situation said oversight of the higher education system was crippled during the weeks they remained in place.

In the structure of the system, the regents and the chancellor perform roles similar to those of a school board and superintendent of a public school district. In the case of regents, the chancellor and the two main board members normally work together to set the regents’ agenda and prioritize their affairs.

In the weeks since Rose filed her complaint, the three meetings on the regents’ calendar were canceled or postponed.

This week, the Sun also learned that Karin Hilgersom, president of Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, had filed a hostile workplace complaint against the regents. Details of Hilgersom’s complaint have not yet been released, but McAdoo and Carter are not believed to be named in it.

Messages to McAdoo and Carter were not immediately returned.


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