ON THE COVER
President Marc A. Johnson will retire by the end of 2020. President Johnson oversaw record faculty productivity, along with a dramatic rise in the enrollment of the number of National Merit and Presidential Scholars. Numerous prestigious milestones were reached during President Johnson’s tenure, including the University’s classification as an R1 research university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the designation of being a Carnegie Engaged institution. President Johnson also shares some of his fondest memories during his time on campus.
IN THIS ISSUE
Each spring, Nevada Silver & Blue celebrates the University’s donors for all that their philanthropy accomplishes across campus. The print issue of the magazine lists the foundations and organizations, faculty and staff, alumni, parents, friends and corporations who have given gifts in the last calendar year to support The University. We highlight a few of our donors in the web edition. Read also about former Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations John K. Carothers, who, upon his retirement in January, established the John K. Carothers Endowment for Literacy.
As Marc Johnson’s time as president winds down, a look back at his historic time
by John Trent, ’85, ’87, ’00
Shannon Ellis can still remember her first meeting with Marc Johnson. It was in the spring of 2008, and candidates for the executive vice president and provost’s position at the University of Nevada, Reno were shuttling in and out of a dimly lit room in a local casino.
Johnson was dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University.
Ellis, the University’s longtime vice president of Student Services, recalled that, “this very tall man comes into the room and immediately went around and introduced himself.”
Ellis wasn’t just struck by Johnson’s height. At well over 6 feet tall, Johnson made a point of not only asking each search committee member’s name, but repeating their name out loud, and then asking a few questions of each person.
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