NIAA announces search committee for executive director position

Donnie Nelson

Donnie Nelson

The NIAA announced a timeline in its search for a new executive director Monday morning.

In a special Board of Control meeting, the NIAA took its first step toward finding someone to replace executive director Donnie Nelson, who announced in December he will step down at the end of this school year.

The first move of the association was to open the search nationwide, whereas previous committees have chosen applicants from inside the state of Nevada.

The search will officially begin Jan. 22 and the application process will remain open until Feb. 20.

From that point, the finalists for the position will be screened in early March before being officially announced March 20.

By April 4, the executive director search committee will interview finalists as the NIAA is hoping to give the new hire April, May and June to learn the position under Nelson prior to his departure.

The application process will be on the NIAA website.

Search committee

The search committee was announced Monday, but is subject to change if selected members do not wish to participate or put their own name in the mix for the position.

As of Monday morning, the search committee will be made up of seven members.

Three of those are voting members of the NIAA — board president Pam Sloan, vice president Rollins Stallworth and region IV representative Kevin McPartlin.

The four non-voting members of the search committee are Class 4A/5A North liaison Bob LeVitt, private school liaison Domingo Rivera, charter school liaison Dave Henneman and superintendents liaison Russell Fecht.

Applicants are prohibited from contacting members of the search committee and must direct all questions to NIAA legal counsel Paul Anderson.

Replacements will be named should anyone chosen for the search committee opt out.

The lone dissenting opinion in the meeting came from Region IV representative and Cimarron-Memorial principal Colin McNaught.

McNaught said the decision to name the search committee felt “a little rushed” and wanted a “Clark County building level leader” added to the search committee.

McNaught motioned to table the decision until the Jan. 17 Board of Control meeting.

His motion did not receive a second.

About the position

The NIAA executive director position has a salary range from $120,000 to $150,000 and applicants will be chosen based on previous experience.

The job will feature benefits and is a PERS position.


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