RENO, Nev. — The Nevada Board of Regents on Thursday approved the selection of Dale AR Erquiaga as acting chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE).
“Dale Erquiaga is a gifted innovator and strategist with over 35 years of successful experience in the private and public sectors,” said Board Chair Cathy McAdoo. “I have full confidence in his abilities to be a real asset to NSHE and the many communities we serve.”
Erquiaga will assume the role on July 1 and serve for 18 months while the Board of Regents searches for a permanent chancellor.
“I am humbled and honored to serve as the interim chancellor of this great state’s public higher education system,” Erquiaga said. “Our universities, state colleges, community colleges and research institutes are state treasures. I look forward to working with our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to ensure that our important work continues to have a positive impact on the lives of all Nevadans.
Erquiaga has a long career in public service in Nevada, including a recent appointment as executive director of the Kenny Guinn Center for Policy Priorities.
He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a master’s degree in leadership from Grand Canyon University.
Erquiaga previously worked as Director of Government Affairs, Public Policy and Strategic Planning at the Clark County School District and as Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Nevada. He also served as director of the Nevada State Department of Museums, Library, and Arts and served as Nevada’s Chief Assistant Secretary of State.
Erquiaga’s private sector experience includes a leadership role as Vice President at R&R Partners and as National President and CEO of Communities in Schools, a federated network of organizations providing integrated support to students in 25 states and the District of Columbia.