10 to vie for Nevada State College presidency

The 10 semifinalists to become the new president of Nevada State College include the current interim president, six provosts or vice presidents, two deans and a professor, according to documents sent Saturday to members of the Board of Regents.

The names of the semifinalists will be formally presented to a regents committee on Wednesday. Committee members will review the candidates and could select finalists to return for a series of extensive interviews.

Former president Lesley Di Mare left last year for a similar position in Colorado. Since then, Bart Patterson, who had been an administrator with the state higher education system, has been at the helm.

Patterson is the seventh president in the college's 10-year history.

The semifinalist pool includes:

■ Ronald J. Ambrosetti, provost and dean, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, N.Y.

■ Pablo Arenaz, provost and vice president for academic affairs, Texas A&M International University, Laredo, Texas.

■ Lois Becker, senior vice president for academic affairs, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Fla.

■ John M. Beehler, provost and vice president for academic excellence and student success, University of North Texas at Dallas.

■ Soraya M. Coley, provost and vice president for academic affairs and interim vice president for university development, California State University, Bakersfield, Calif.

■ David P. Dauwalder, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, University of New Haven, West Haven, Conn.

■ Donna Price Henry, dean and professor of biology, College of Arts and Sciences, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Fla.

■ Gersham Nelson, dean, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Mo.

■ Bart Patterson, interim president, Nevada State College.

■ Michael J. Renner, professor of biology and psychology, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa.

Contact reporter Richard Lake at rlake@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0307.