Investigator: Nevada chancellor didn’t break ethical rules

A consultant hired to investigate the head of Nevada’s higher education system says the chancellor didn’t violate any ethical standards in handling a report about the state’s community college system.

Labor attorney Stephen Hirschfield sent an 11-page report of his findings to Nevada Board of Regents Chairman Rick Trachok on Monday. Regents are set to discuss it next week.

Chancellor Dan Klaich was accused of inappropriately whitewashing a consultant’s draft report that was critical of Nevada’s community college system. The controversy was first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Hirschfield concluded that Klaich did not improperly pressure report authors to change their work, and that the edited final draft maintained the same recommendations as the first.

Hirschfield also concluded that $10,000 was an appropriate price for the consulting services.


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