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Jessup To Leave UNLV Presidency

After a protracted back-and-forth between the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents, UNLV president Len Jessup announced Tuesday he's leaving the school.

In a statement, Jessup said his decision came "after thoughtful deliberation."

"On Friday, March 16, after approximately nine months of increased antagonistic, invasive, and consistent interference and animosity consistently expressed on behalf of the Regents by various Regents and the Chancellor, the Board of Regents thru Chairman Kevin Page and Chancellor Thom Reilly unequivocally stated its desire to bring my tenure to a conclusion, either through termination or by my resignation," Jessup said. "Faced with this clear expression of the Regents’ wishes, it was agreed that I would instruct my attorneys to contact their attorney regarding a Separation Agreement, which attorneys for NSHE were to prepare evidencing my departure as UNLV President in May of this year. On March 16th I complied with the request of the Regents and retained the services of O’Reilly Law Group who initiated contact with the NSHE’s designated attorney on that same day."

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Jessup went on to say he was leaving UNLV to take up the presidency at Claremont Graduate University, part of the Claremont Colleges outside Los Angeles, starting July 1.

Casey Morell is the coordinating producer of Nevada Public Radio's flagship broadcast State of Nevada and one of the station's midday newscast announcers. (He's also been interviewed by Jimmy Fallon, whatever that's worth.)