News Release, July 17, 2022:
The Nevada Association of School Boards Executive Committee and Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. Rick Harris as its new Executive Director. Mr. Harris has over thirty-seven years of experience in Nevada education. He started his career as a teacher and a coach at Pershing County High School. The next twenty-five years he was with the Washoe County School District (WCSD), steadily learning and progressing as a teacher, coach, principal, curriculum coordinator, elementary senior director, secondary senior director, deputy superintendent, and chief logistics and operations officer.
Throughout his career, Mr. Harris has established himself as a successful educator, leader, and innovator who has set high standards for himself and others and ensured the standards are met or exceeded. He established a nationally recognized Principal’s Academy, implemented “vertical alignment” of schools, provided leadership in
implementing response to intervention, initiated the transformation of Central Office support to schools, and facilitated extensive mentoring programs. He served as the co-director of the National Principal Initiative providing leadership, professional development conferences and mentoring for district administrators and principals across the county. He has successfully written, and was awarded, multiple grants and secured donations.
As the WCSD Deputy Superintendent, he was responsible for leading annual board workshops, presented at most board meetings and assisted with on-boarding and training new board members. Additionally, for the past six years he has worked regularly with several school boards in the region. As the Chief Logistics and Operations Officer, he created and facilitated a Process Performance Management program for the Washoe County School District. This program intertwined a cutting edge business efficiency framework into action plans that provided accountability and efficiency. He created and trained cross-functional teams that had representation from all departments that utilize performance tools to improve communication and services to schools and save money.
By selecting Mr. Harris as the next Executive Director, NASB’s leadership has selected an individual who will have a short learning curve in moving forward the organization’s goals and objectives. For over thirty-seven years, he has demonstrated the ability to lead and understand the complexities of all schools and school districts as a tireless advocate for education.
Please join us in welcoming Mr. Harris as NASB’s Executive Director as he begins his new job on August 1, 2022.