A rainy day for our students

I would just like to say that I am very proud of the CSN students who braved the rain and cold yesterday to attend the rally at the Grant Sawyer State Office Building with students from NSC and UNLV.

I happily received pictures from the event (posted below). There were hundreds of you, letting elected officials, the media and community know that you won’t stand for further budget cuts.

I am behind you 100 percent.

Now, I want to ask a favor of you. 

If you rallied yesterday – come back to the Grant Sawyer Building on Saturday.  At 9 a.m. in Rm. 4401, there will be a legislative town hall, in which lawmakers will be looking to hear from constituents. They want to know what you value most about state government and public services. This is a great time for you to voice your concerns about K-12 and higher education. We need your enthusiasm and energy.

For those who did not make it out yesterday, Saturday presents another chance. Time is running out for lawmakers to hear from you before the special session begins the week of Feb. 22.

Thank you again to the students. You made a difference, not only for yourselves but for the future of this state.



About Michael.Richards

The Board of Regents unanimously selected Dr. Michael D. Richards in May 2008 as the eighth permanent President of the College of Southern Nevada, where he supports the College’s mission to create an educated and diverse workforce for Southern Nevada. Dr. Richards came to CSN in 2005 as the vice president for academic affairs, leaving his position as associate provost at Southern Utah University after 23 years. While at SUU, he also had the positions of vice president for planning and technology, vice president for university affairs and associate professor of business. He began his career in higher education as an adjunct faculty member at a community college in Alabama, and in the mid-1970s was on the faculty at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. He brings a wealth of collegiate and business, four-year and two-year institutional experience to the College. He has taught English and management courses and has developed a record of scholarship through publications and presentations at state, regional, national and international conferences. Dr. Richards holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and philosophy (1970) from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, a Master of Arts in English from Utah State University (1972) and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Denver (1979). The Board of Regents appointed Dr. Richards as interim president of CSN in August 2007 after the departure of President Richard Carpenter (2004-2007). The regents then selected Dr. Richards for the permanent position following a national search by the ad hoc CSN President Search Committee. As President of the College, Dr. Richards is responsible for 2,274 employees, approximately 43,000 students and a budget of more than $130 million.
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