For the Board of Regents

Clark County voters will decide three seats on the Board of Regents, the governing body of the Nevada System of Higher Education. The Review-Journal offers the following endorsements:

In District 1, incumbent Cedric Crear is seeking a second six-year term against Jeff Eggeman. Mr. Crear, who owns an advertising agency, has helped oversee the elimination of remedial programs from UNLV and UNR and improved collaboration between all institutions. He supports the UNLVNow stadium and redevelopment project and a reformed higher education funding formula that ends the short-changing of Southern Nevada institutions. Mr. Eggeman, a truck driver, is a perennial candidate who’s barely campaigning. Cedric Crear is the easy choice here.

In District 4, Allison Stephens and Stavan Corbett are running to replace the term-limited Mark Alden. Ms. Stephens, a health care administrator, has served on a handful of local boards and has ideas to improve most every facet of higher education. Mr. Corbett, the outgoing president of the State Board of Education, recently resigned as chief operating officer of a local nonprofit when federal investigators began examining the group’s finances. He’s heavy on buzzwords and light on qualifications for this office. Vote for Allison Stephens.

In District 12, incumbent Andrea Anderson is seeking re-election against one-time Regent and Lt. Gov. Lonnie Hammargren. Ms. Anderson, a former College of Southern Nevada administrator and Boulder City councilwoman, supports the new funding formula, the UNLVNow project and improving student services that have been cut back in response to the economic downturn. The eccentric Dr. Hammargren is a fine Nevadan who, at this stage in his life, is more interested in creating elaborate decorations for his east valley home than discussing the nuances of higher education policy. Re-elect Andrea Anderson.

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