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The University of Nevada inaugurated Marc Johnson as its 16th president Friday.

Johnson has been serving as the University's president since former president Milton Glick passed away last year.

In 138 years, Nevada has only had 16 presidents, so this inauguration marked the beginning of a new chapter for the university.

"A university is a continually evolving organization," Johnson said after the ceremony, "and we have many challenges that we have to face, and we have to prepare our students for those challenges of the future."

Among those challenges, Johnson said the biggest one is the budget. After several years of budget cuts, he said it will be an uphill battle to keep the school at a high level of quality. But in the ceremony, he emphasized how committed he is to ensuring that the university stays a world-class institution. And the Board of Regents is confident they chose the right man for the job.

"He is going to put a big footprint on how we build this campus and build this university," Board Chairman Jason Geddes said, "and [how we] embed it in the community going forward."

"He cares deeply for the students," Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Dan Klaich said. "He is respected by the faculty, and I think he understands the importance of advancing the interests of this state. Those things make a great leader and make him perfect for the institution."

Johnson said he expects that the university will see a lot of growth in the future, predicting an increase in student body from 18,000 students to 22,000 over the next ten years.

Written by Arianna Bennett
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