WNC recognizes eight emeritus appointees

Mark Ghan served as WNC’s acting president in 2017-18 and worked for the college for 15 years.

Courtesy Steve Yingling, Western Nevada College

Western Nevada College has appointed eight dedicated and long-serving employees with faculty emeritus status this summer.

Receiving emeritus status, followed by their role(s) at WNC, are Richard Arrigotti, mathematics professor; Dr. Steve Carman, professor of biophysical sciences; Dr. Judith Cordia, Nursing and Allied Health director; Mark Ghan, president, vice president and general counsel; Kevin Gaffney, facilities director; Fred Kille, English professor; Jamie McNinch, marketing director; and Dr. Hal Starratt, anthropology professor.

To receive consideration for an emeritus status appointment, the candidate must have served as an academic and administrative faculty member for at least 10 years and have a distinguished history of service to Western Nevada College. 


An emeritus committee presents recommendations, and the college president, the Academic Faculty Senate and the Administrative Faculty Senate make appointments based on those recommendations.

Emeritus appointees are considered to have lifetime status as WNC employees. Emeritus recipients, their spouses and financially dependent children are eligible for grant-in-aid privileges. They are also eligible to participate in certain departmental and college events, including WNC commencement, as well as receive other employee-related perks.

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