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What happened with UNLV and key donor Engelstad Foundation?

Faculty at UNLV's College of Hotel Administration are unhappy about how the department is running.

Universities depend in large part on charitable giving. That support from alumni and donors helps pay for buildings, student access, endowed professorships and more.

So The Nevada Independent story in May about the Engelstad Foundation withdrawing from its long-term relationship with UNLV was pretty stunning.

Over the years, Engelstad donated more than $47 million to UNLV, and it was about to donate more for a building next to the UNLV medical school in downtown Las Vegas. But then it all stopped.

Kris Engelstad, CEO of the foundation, sent out a letter saying the foundation had a tumultuous relationship with UNLV's leadership going back years. She added that she doesn't think the university understands how public-private partnerships work.

She talked with Nevada Public Radio about that and a lot more last week, as well as UNLV President Keith Whitfield, and before we jump in this note,

Disclosure: Both the Engelstad Foundation and UNLV have been funders of Nevada Public Radio.

Guests: Kris Engelstad, CEO, Engelstad Foundation; Keith Whitfield, president, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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Joe Schoenmann joined Nevada Public Radio in 2014. He works with a talented team of producers at State of Nevada who explore the casino industry, sports, politics, public health and everything in between.