Harry Reid and John Boehner join forces for new institute


The University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) recently established a new public policy institute which will be headed by a very unlikely duo, former rivals Harry Reid and John Boehner.

Just two days after this announcement, the institute was endorsed by education leaders in the state.

“I think it is vital to moving the community, the university and partners like MGM … to top tier and beyond,” Nevada’s District 5 regent Sam Lieberman commented. “Two outstanding leaders, when they could be retired, have chosen to come to UNLV, come home to the system, come home to the state of Nevada.”

Reid is a Nevada Democrat who served as the senior United States Senator from 1987 to 2017. Boehner is a Republican who served as the 53rd Speaker of the House from 2011 to 2015.

The two retired politicians will co-chair the bipartisan institute which is being funded by MGM Resorts International to the tune of $950,000 over the next three years.

After first receiving approval by the Academic, Research and Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Regents on Thursday, the institute garnered final approval by the full board on Friday.

UNLV president Len Jessup is enthusiastic about this development, saying, “Great universities now are taking advantage of public-private partnerships as a way to get things done that they couldn’t ordinarily do on their own.”

Jessup confirmed that funding will provide for research, events, faculty stipends and panel discussions, among other things.

“This really makes us a powerhouse in terms of public policy,” said Robert Ulmer, dean of the College of Urban Affairs. “I’m not sure anybody in the West will have the type of public policy school, the type of resources our college has. This is a big day for us, and we’re very, very excited.”

H/T: LV Review-Journal

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