Monday, April 18, 2011

University loses a tireless leader in Milton Glick

Written by Lenita Powers, Apr. 18, 2011:

For being only 5 feet, 4 inches tall, Milton Glick cast a long shadow that will forever distinguish his five years as president of the University of Nevada, Reno, according to those who remembered him Sunday.

Since Aug. 1, 2006, when Glick became the 15th president of Nevada's oldest institution of higher learning, UNR has increased its research funding, student graduation rates and number of National Merit Scholars.

Glick was a dogged fighter for higher education, but he didn't spend all his time focused solely on administrative duties or drumming up money from well-heeled donors.

He could be seen at 8 a.m. participating in a walk-a-thon for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation on the campus and at 7 p.m. that same day rooting for the Wolf Pack football team.

Glick was remembered Sunday as a president who always put students' needs first, but also as a soft-spoken man with a twinkle in his eye who could be heard singing obscure show tunes in hallways near his office.

Glick died Saturday at Renown Regional Medical Center, where he had been taken after suffering a stroke while dining with his wife, Peggy, at a downtown Reno restaurant. He was 73.

Former state Sen. Bill Raggio said he was at the hospital with Glick's family Saturday night.

"He died about 11 p.m. It was a massive stroke. So sudden. So unexpected. I'm pretty devastated," Raggio said. "It's a terrible loss for the university and for higher education. He's certainly one of the best presidents they've had." Read more>>

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