- B.A. in Journalism, University of Oregon
- M.A. in Journalism (candidate), University of Nevada, Reno
Jim Scripps has over 20 years experience in marketing and communications. He has been a reporter, editor and managing editor at various community newspapers in the Reno / Tahoe area. He has also directed marketing and communication efforts for non-profit and higher education organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows and Sierra Nevada College.
He currently teaches newspaper editing at SNC and is one of the faculty advisors to the Eagle’s Eye, the SNC Tahoe student newspaper.
- M.F.A., University of Southern Maine, Stonecoast
Patricia Smith is the author of eight books of poetry, including: Incendiary Art; Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, winner of the 2013 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; Blood Dazzler, finalist for the National Book Award and one of NPR’s top five books of the year; and Gotta Go, Gotta Flow, a collaboration with award-winning photographer Michael Abramson. She is almost the author of Africans in America, the companion book to the groundbreaking PBS series, the children book Janna and the Kings, the editor of the crime fiction anthology Staten Island Noir and co-editor of The Golden Shovel: Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, TriQuarterly, Tin House, and in Best American Poetry, Best American Essays, and Best American Mystery Stories.
Smith is a 2017 Civitella Ranieri fellow, a Neustadt Prize finalist, a 2012 fellow at both the MacDowell Colony and Yadoo, a two-time Pushcart Prize winner and four-time champion of the National Poetry Slam, the most successful poet in the competition’s history. She is a professor at the City University of New York, a Cave Canem faculty member, and was the Writer-in-Residence at SNC for 2013-2014.
Ben Solomon earned a BA in Mathematics at UC Berkeley where he lettered in gymnastics, and an MA in Mathematics from UC Davis. He received an honorary Doctorate in Education from Sierra Nevada College (SNC). His teaching career included positions at UC Davis, the University of Victoria, LA State University, and SNC. Ben’s primary subject was mathematics, but he also taught literature and alternative energy and coached gymnastics.
He was the CEO of SNC for 25 years, holding the titles of Administrative Director (1970 – 1980), President (1980 – 1993 and 2003 -2005), and Chancellor (1993 -1994). During his tenure the College grew from 23 full time students and three converted buildings to several hundred students and an energy efficient campus with five buildings, two utilizing passive solar heating and one which received an LEED “Platinum” rating.
Ben also owned and managed TranSierra Capital which was the highest ranked “fixed income” investment firm in the US from 1995 to 2003. He lives in Incline Village with his wife Margaret in a “net zero” house which incorporates devices patented by Ben. The 1,500 watt PV system produces enough surplus electricity to power their converted plug-in Prius.
- MA. in Educational Leadership, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Robert began his career in education as a classroom teacher over 16 years ago with the Clark County School District. He has been a teacher leader within the District’s training and assessment departments and expanded his teaching working with adults as an adjunct faculty member at the university level for several years, loving every minute. For the past 10 years he has beenan assistant principal and principal in Clark County.
As a current elementary school principal, he savors the time he has with children and the opportunities to work with talented educators. He has also have been supporting SNC Administrative Interns as their SNC Administrative Internship Supervisor,which provides him with additional opportunities to fulfill his passion to coach and mentor other educators as future administrators.