Monday December 22, 2014 | Sierra Nevada College Announces Appointment of Interim President
The Sierra Nevada College (“SNC Tahoe”) Board of Trustees today announced that Ms. Shannon Beets, Executive Vice President and Provost, has been named Interim President. She replaces Dr. Lynn Gillette, who has left to pursue other interests.
“The Board has complete confidence in Ms. Beets and her team to carry on the functions of the College, and to move the institution forward while we proceed with a presidential search,” Board Chair Atam Lalchandani said of the eight-year SNC Tahoe veteran. “Shannon has worked diligently and effectively across the breadth of SNC Tahoe, and is deeply familiar with every key program and initiative. She will bring her dedication to SNC Tahoe, her significant experience in higher education, her extensive knowledge of the campus community, and her passionate commitment to innovative teaching practices to her role as Interim President. The Board and I look forward to working with her, moving this extraordinary institution forward. We are equally confident that members of the College community will work together to assure that SNC Tahoe continues to deliver world-class education to its students.”
Ms. Beets has a distinguished career in academic education. She is a graduate of the University of La Verne, and completed her graduate work at Claremont Graduate University. She has served in numerous management and executive positions at the College, including Registrar, Dean of Enrollment Services, Assistant Provost, Dean of Education and Associate Provost for Graduate Education, and most recently Executive Vice President and Provost.
Ms. Beets is a frequent presenter on academic innovation and student engagement, both nationally and internationally. Shannon co-led development of the 2014 SNC Tahoe Strategic Plan along with Trustee David Collins, uniquely qualifying her to now take the college forward with implementation.
Shannon has overseen a tremendous period of growth and positive transition at SNC Tahoe. The 2014/15 academic year yielded the second largest enrollment in history for SNC Tahoe, with 549 undergraduates, and total enrollment of 1030, including graduate programs in Teacher Education and Master’s programs in Creative Writing and Interdisciplinary Art. SNC Tahoe, Nevada’s only private four-year college, has recently been nationally recognized in several national rankings, including:
- 2013 and 2014 Colleges of Distinction
- 100 Best U.S. Colleges and Universities by State
- Highest graduation rate by state
- Greenest College in Nevada
The Board of Trustees expresses its appreciation to Dr. Gillette for his service to the College and wishes him success in his future endeavors.