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UNLV President says he has 'intent to begin looking at other opportunities'

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UPDATE: UNLV President Len Jessup has released a statement on his impending departure.

"Recent media reports about my pending departure are misleading. It’s no secret that a few regents and I have not always agreed on the direction of UNLV under my leadership. Over the last several weeks, I had conveyed to Chancellor Thom Reilly that the governance structure makes long-term sustainability for any president challenging. I continue to be passionate about UNLV and all our initiatives, but expressed to him my intent to begin looking at other opportunities. I am grateful for all the tremendous support on campus and in the community, and I am proud to be president of UNLV. Thank you for all your hard work and for staying focused on our core responsibilities to move the university forward."

News 3 is actively working on this story. Check back for updates.

ORIGINAL STORY

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) -- UNLV President Len Jessup is being pressured to resign from his post within a week, or face the possibility of being fired from his position by the Board of Regents.

Michelle Rindels with The Nevada Independent reports that the pressure to resign comes from issues with UNLV's medical and dental schools. Specifically, the cost of the medical school has risen to $232 million, more than double its initial $100 million minimum estimate, and the dental school has been caught re-using single-use dental devices on patients.

News 3 has confirmed these reports after speaking to both a current and former regent familiar with the situation.

Jessup was chosen as the tenth UNLV president in November 2014, starting his position in January of the following year.


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