By Jacob Solis/The Nevada Independent

The Board of Regents for the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) is expected to vote this afternoon on the nomination of former state Superintendent Dale Erquiaga as formal acting chancellor, ending more than two months of uncertainty after the resignation of former chancellor Melody Rose in April.

The contract, if approved, will run through the end of 2023 and pay out $300,000 per fiscal year. Though it is among the higher salaried positions for public employees in Nevada, it still falls below Rose’s $437,000 base salary.

Among several other roles in the Sandoval administration, Erquiaga served as the state’s K-12 education chief from 2013 to 2015, and was most recently appointed to lead the Guinn Center, a nonpartisan research think tank affiliated with UNR, late last year.

However, unlike most top NSHE appointments, Erquiaga’s nomination has come with renewed controversy that could derail Thursday’s vote, and could be tabled amid another vote on potential new leaders for the Board of Regents, also on the meeting agenda.

In the days since Erquiaga’s name became publicly known as the sole nominee for the acting chancellorship, some critics have railed against the specifics of the selection process led by Regents’ Chair Cathy McAdoo — a process that apparently excluded other regents and major donors.

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