- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - John Valery White, a former provost of UNLV and former dean at the Boyd School of Law, could soon be the next chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education.

Regents for the system are scheduled to meet Friday to consider appointing White as a temporary replacement for Chancellor Dan Klaich, who’s departing in early June. Klaich had come under fire for his role in developing a college funding formula, and regents approved a deal earlier this month that allows him to retire now but take pay for the year left in his contract.

The proposed contract for White calls for a base annual salary of $303,000 and another $42,000 in annual perks, including a car and housing allowance and a travel budget for a spouse or companion. As part of the one-year agreement, he won’t be able to apply to be the permanent chancellor.

White is a law professor and adviser to UNLV president Len Jessup. He served as UNLV’s executive vice president and provost from 2012 to 2015, and taught at the university’s law school since 2007.

Klaich is leaving amid accusations that he misled the Legislature about the close relationship between his staff and their consultant while the state worked in 2012 on a new method for distributing money among colleges. A Las Vegas Review-Journal investigation examining Klaich’s emails questioned the independence of the consultant, pointing to a memo written by Klaich’s staff but on the consultant’s letterhead.

Klaich said he regretted the tone and content of some of his emails, but argued he was clear about the consultant’s role in the process and didn’t intend to mislead lawmakers.

Klaich has worked in Nevada higher education for more than 30 years, including as a regent, lawyer and vice chancellor. He was appointed chancellor in 2009.

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