Melody Rose Selected to Lead the Nevada System of Higher Education

The Nevada Board of Regents has unanimously approved the selection of Melody Rose as the next chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Dr. Rose most recently served as president of Marylhurst University in Oregon from 2014 to 2019. She will begin her new duties on September 1.

“I am honored to be joining NSHE in advancing student access and success in Nevada,” Dr. Rose said. “In this moment of uncertainty, Nevada enjoys a rare opportunity to transform higher education, putting students first as we pursue equity through innovation and strategic partnerships. In moments of great change can come great advances.”

Earlier in her career, Dr. Rose served as chancellor of the Oregon University System, Portland State University’s vice provost for academic programs and instruction and dean of undergraduate studies, and chair of Portland State University’s Division of Political Science.

Dr. Rose holds a bachelor’s degree in politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She earned a master of public administration degree, a master’s degree in government, and Ph.D. in government from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

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