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Hardie named assistant dean at Douglas campus

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Dr. Michael Hardie, a 19-year veteran math professor at Western Nevada Community College, has been made assistant dean of WNCC Douglas, a position he has held on an interim basis since October 1999.

WNCC President Carol Lucey made the announcement Wednesday.

Hardie has served in a number of leadership positions since joining the WNCC faculty in 1981. He served two terms as WNCC Faculty Senate chair, one term as WNCC math department chair and was chair of the WNCC interim accreditation self-study committee in 1995.

Hardie holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics and completed a doctorate in educational leadership in 1990.

“I think he’ll do a great job,” said WNCC Dean of Rural Programs Bus Scharmann, who is based at the Fallon campus and until last year was the administrator for WNCC Douglas.

“Because of his wide range of experience in both administration and teaching, I’m really confident he’ll do a great job for us,” said Scharmann.

Hardie said he feels fortunate to be working with the people at the Douglas campus.

“They create an atmosphere of genuine concern for WNCC students and each other,” he said.

The Douglas college building, named Bently Hall after Don Bently, who donated land for WNCC at Bently Science Park, was opened in 1997. The Douglas campus has shown strong enrollment gains and reported a 5 percent increase in spring 2000 enrollment, the highest of all the campuses in the WNCC system.

Hardie will carry a part-time teaching load of 12 credits for the coming school year, in addition to his administrative duties.

He said his aim is to continue to offer courses the community wants.

“We have a very committed advisory board of 15 individuals from Douglas, including Lake Tahoe, and they will help us chart our course as far as curriculum and fund-raising goes,” he said.