President

Dr. Lynn Gillette is President at Sierra Nevada College (SNC) in Incline Village, Nevada. He served in the capacity of Executive Vice President and Provost for 3 ½ years with responsibilities that encompassed academics and overseeing the registrar’s office, financial aid, information technology, admissions, student affairs, food services, library, and academic support services. The students at Sierra Nevada College selected him as Faculty Member of the Year for two years and Executive of the Year for two years. He has also been selected by the president for a special award for outstanding leadership and entrepreneurial thinking in 2011.

Dr. Gillette also serves as a faculty member in the Tulane University Executive MBA programs in New Orleans and Houston where he teaches Change Management. He has received nine outstanding teaching awards from Tulane.

Prior to joining Sierra Nevada College, Dr. Gillette served as a Vice President at Spalding University. His areas of responsibility included institutional research and effectiveness, information technology, retention, academic support services, and compliance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). He served as the university’s SACS accreditation liaison and led the institution’s highly successful reaffirmation of accreditation process. In addition, Dr. Gillette taught economics courses to traditional and adult students. In 2006, he received the Spalding University Outstanding Teaching Award for Educating Adult Learners.

He has also served in administrative positions at three other universities.

Dr. Gillette has held faculty positions at Southern Methodist University, the University of Kentucky, the University of Texas at Austin, and Texas A & M University. At Southern Methodist University, he received a university-wide outstanding teaching award, and at the University of Texas, he ranked in the 98th percentile of all faculty members on a graduating senior exit survey regarding the professor who had the most influence on students’ intellectual development.

Dr. Gillette has given over fifty presentations at professional conferences and to business executives on topics such as institutional effectiveness, accreditation, retention, leadership, change management, teaching excellence, and active learning. He has also served on over ten SACS accreditation on-site visiting teams, and he also serves as an accreditation evaluator for NWCCU.

He received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Richmond and a Ph.D. in Economics from Texas A & M University. He is also a graduate of the Management Development Program at Harvard University.

Executive Vice President and Provost

Shannon Beets is currently the Executive Vice President and Provost at Sierra Nevada College. Since her arrival at Sierra Nevada College seven years ago, Shannon has held various positions including Dean of Enrollment Services, Assistant Provost, Registrar, Associate Provost for Graduate Programs and Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness. Shannon also left Lake Tahoe for three years to run the Las Vegas branch of the Sierra Nevada College campus in her capacity as the Dean of Teacher Education. In 2007, Shannon was awarded the Distinguished Service Award at Sierra Nevada College for her work on accreditation. Recently, she lead the campus in their preparations for the NWCCU Comprehensive Evaluation visit in April 2012 when Sierra Nevada College received five commendations. Shannon is deeply committed to designing innovative curriculum around applied, high impact practices that can produce measurable, real-world outcomes for students. She has worked closely with the SNC faculty to develop core themes based on the academic mission and is deeply committed to working with the campus community to strengthen and develop the liberal arts, professional preparedness, entrepreneurial thinking and sustainability at the college. Shannon believes that a liberal arts education provides value to students and is committed to using cutting-edge assessment techniques to prove it. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, Shannon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities where she teaches classes in ethics, critical thinking, women’s studies, religion, Nevada Constitution, American history and popular culture. Shannon earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Religion and Philosophy from the University of La Verne and an M.A. in Women’s Studies in Religion from Claremont Graduate University. Prior to coming to Sierra Nevada College, Beets spent 14 years in higher education administration at various institutions.

Associate Provost

Dan O’Bryan –  A Nevada native born in Reno, O’Bryan earned his B.A.in English Literature at the University of Nevada, Reno; his M.A. in English Literature at the University of California, Berkeley; and his Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of Washington.  He taught philosophy at Truckee Meadows Community College and literature, history, philosophy and religious studies at Old College in Reno, Nevada before coming to Sierra Nevada College in 1992. Currently, he teaches the Nevada Constitution, the Senior Course on Ethics, American Literature and Masterpieces of World Literature. O’Bryan became the Associate Provost at the beginning of the 2007 Fall Term assisting in the daily functions of the academic dimensions of the college.  He is the chair of the Curriculum Committee and works with department chairs and faculty to create annual goals and is an arbiter in any academic conflicts.  His interests include historiography and the challenges that new perspectives such as postmodernism offer to traditional historical understanding; philosophy in terms of the many intersections between Asian and Western thought; the psychological and sociological dimensions of religion; and the role of literature as the most sensitive reflection of any historical epoch. In his role as Humanities chair and Associate Provost, he has altered the direction and intellectual content of Senior Projects to raise the level of intellectual focus while standardizing the approach.  Senior Projects are carefully assessed on the basis of approach and application, content and knowledge of the topic, connections between the discipline and other areas of study and the disciplines as generally understood in the current academic world. The Senior Projects, together with the Junior Art Portfolio Review, the Business Plan Competition and the Governor’s Cup in the Business Department and the independent research typical of the Science Department now lead to the Senior Symposium, an active demonstration of the emphasis on a culture of excellence and academic achievement at the college.