Lesley Ann Di Mare, NSCís executive vice president and provost, became the president of Nevada State College today.† Di Mareís appointment was unanimously confirmed this morning by the Nevada Board of Regents during a special board meeting.
Lesley Di Mare succeeds Fred J. Maryanski, who led NSC since 2005 and passed away July 2, 2010, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Di Mare is well respected for her leadership qualities and capacity to build strong partnerships in and outside the academy.
The Nevada Board of Regents selected Di Mare following a slate of in-depth interviews with several constituencies including students, faculty, staff, community leaders, and college supporters.† The interviews were conducted by James Dean Leavitt, Chairman of the Nevada Board of Regents, and Dan Klaich, Chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education.
In his written report to the board, Chancellor Dan Klaich praised Di Mare and provided the following rationale for recommending her:
Said Di Mare: ďI am honored by the Regentsí decision and their confidence in me to lead Nevada State College forward.† I am deeply committed to advancing the mission and vision of NSC so passionately developed and articulated by Dr. Fred Maryanski.† Working together, we will realize the aspirations of this remarkable college.Ē
After joining NSC as provost in 2007, Di Mare spearheaded a number of initiatives to enhance the collegeís academic standing and visibility in the community.† Working with faculty and administration, Di Mare developed NSCís Standards of Academe which provides the campus community clear expectations and criteria for making progress towards promotion and tenure as well as merit.† Dr. Di Mare also led the development of the Technology Fellows Institute, a program that affords faculty and staff the opportunity to produce and deliver innovative pedagogy in the classroom through technology.† As the collegeís chief academic officer, Di Mare was also responsible for overseeing the institutionís path towards accreditation.
Before joining NSC as provost, Dr. Di Mare held administrative positions at California State University Los Angeles and at Arizona State University where she served as Department Chair of Communication Studies for eleven years, Interim Dean of the College of Human Services for two years, and Associate Vice Provost of Undergraduate Studies for two years. In her administrative capacity, Dr. Di Mare implemented the Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the Communication Learning Assessment Lab, and the Japan Business Library.
She has published articles on American and Japanese communication styles, gender and communication, and rhetoric and persuasion. Dr. Di Mare has worked closely with many community agencies and consulted with the Japan External Trade Organization (Los Angeles), the Ministry of International Trade (Tokyo), and other international organizations. She was a visiting fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK and at the Japan Studies Institute, San Diego State University, 2003. From 1988-1990, Dr. Di Mare served as Communications Advisor to the Representative of the Nagano Prefecture, JETRO.