NSHE Chancellor Thom Reilly to step down next year

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Thom Reilly, chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education, listens to public policy speakers at the Bellagio Tuesday, April 23, 2019. The speakers and a panel discussion were part of the inaugural symposium of the MGM Resorts Public Policy Institute at UNLV.

Published Wed, Jul 10, 2019 (2:09 p.m.)

Updated Wed, Jul 10, 2019 (5:50 p.m.)

Thom Reilly, the Nevada System of Higher Education chancellor, will step down after his contract ends in 2020.

Reilly's chief of staff, Michael Flores, confirmed the decision today, saying Reilly will not look to extend his contract after it expires in 2020. Reilly said he let the Board of Regents know his decision this morning.

Reilly said that leaving after three years was the original agreement.

“When I came on, I only really agreed to three years; obviously I could have asked for an extension but I decided to stick to three years,” he said.

Reilly took over the position in 2017. His term has seen the departure of then-UNLV President Len Jessup and accusations of interference by the Board of Regents that led some donors to rescind contributions.

Reilly, among other positions, previously served as Clark County manager and vice chancellor of the NSHE Health Sciences System.

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