Johnson served as the university provost under the previous president, Milton Glick, who died suddenly last spring. Johnson has served as the university’s interim president since then.
“I wish to thank the members of the Board of Regents Search Committee and the Institutional Advisory Committee for their participation in this process, and in particular, I wish to express my gratitude to the Regents Search Committee for their decision today,” Johnson said in a press release. “I look forward to the consideration of this recommendation by the entire Board of Regents on Friday in Las Vegas. ... Finally, I wish to convey my sincere thanks to the members of the university community and the community at large who came to the forums, asked the questions and demonstrated their concern for the future of the university.”
Prior to coming to Nevada, Johnson was dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University, according to the UNR website. From 1992 to 2003, Johnson was dean of the Kansas State University College of Agriculture and director of the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service.
Johnson received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Emporia State University in Kansas, which named him a distinguished alumnus in 1994.
Other candidates for the position were Steven Angle, provost of Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and Rachel Toni Algaze Croson, division director of the Division of Social and Economic Sciences, part of the National Science Foundation.
The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents is expected to vote Friday on the recommendation. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at Desert Research Institute in Las Vegas and will be streamed online at http://system.nevada.edu/Nshe/.