The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents voted Monday morning to appoint UNLV Honors College Dean Marta Meana as acting president of the university. Chancellor Thom Reilly, in consultation with Chairman Kevin Page, recommended Meana for the position.
Many community members attended the meeting to endorse Meana during the public comment including representatives from the Latin Chamber of Commerce and UNLV staff.
Regent John Moran cast the sole no vote. He disagreed with how little he felt the rest of the board was involved with selecting a new president.
“Unfortunately, I am going to vote against any motion to approve item number two as agendized,” said Moran. “But please do not take that personally. This doesn’t have anything to do with you. Rather, my vote is against the process.”
Moran continued to press Meana with a few questions. However, the board stopped Meana from answering a question about whether she believed she was more qualified for the role than outgoing UNLV President Len Jessup.
“Please know that in my capacity as acting president I will do what I’ve done in this institution for the past 21 years,” said Meana after her appointment was official. “I will give everything I have to facilitate student success and to enrich and serve this community that my husband, Tim, and I call home.”
Meana will start her new role July 1 until a permanent president is selected in a national search. Her contract includes a yearly salary of $400,000.
Meana has worked as a psychology professor at UNLV since 1997 and has been dean of UNLV’s Honors College since 2012. She has also served as senior advisor to the university president.