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NSHE Board of Regents Approves Employment Agreement for Interim President of Great Basin College

[Carson City, NV] – The Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) approved the employment agreement for Dr. Amber Donnelli to serve as Interim President of Great Basin College. Dr. Donnelli’s term as interim is set to begin July 1, 2024.

"We are confident that Dr. Donnelli will provide strong leadership and guidance to Great Basin College," said Board of Regents Chair Amy J. Carvalho. "Her personal connection to the college and deep understanding of Great Basin’s mission and its unique place in Nevada’s higher education landscape make her an ideal fit for the role."

Dr. Donnelli started her higher education journey at Great Basin College, earning her Associate of Science in Nursing. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, a Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Education from the University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the same institution. Licensed as a Registered Nurse in Nevada and certified as a Nurse Educator (CNE) by the National League for Nursing, Dr. Donnelli brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her leadership roles. She has held various administrative positions, including Associate Vice President of Faculty Success and Dean of Health Science and Human Services at Great Basin College.

“Dr. Donnelli's appointment represents a proud moment for Great Basin College and the entire NSHE community,” said NSHE Chancellor Patricia Charlton. “Her path from student to Interim President shows the true power of the Nevada System of Higher Education.” 

"I am honored to be entrusted with the responsibilities of Interim President of Great Basin College,” said Dr. Donnelli. “Returning to the institution where my educational journey began is a privilege, and I am eager to work alongside faculty, staff, students, and the broader community to advance the college's mission."  

Dr. Donnelli says she plans to advance the mission and vision of Great Basin College by fostering student success with resources, support, and comprehensive education that equip students for the workforce and fields of study they will enter. She also plans to strengthen ties with local businesses, organizations, and residents to create mutually beneficial partnerships. 

A summary of Dr. Donnelli’s contract can be found in the Board of Regents’ April 19, 2024 Special Board Meeting Materials.

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About NSHE

The Nevada System of Higher Education, comprising two doctoral-granting universities, a state university, four comprehensive community colleges, and one environmental research institute, serves Nevada's educational and job training needs. NSHE offers educational opportunities to more than 106,000 students and is governed by the Board of Regents. Learn more at

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