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Kumud Acharya, Ph.D Named Permanent President of DRI

After filling the role on an interim basis for a year, Desert Research Institute President Kumud Acharya is stepping into the position permanently amid challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In September, the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Board of Regents approved a four-year contract with Acharya, which runs through Sept. 11, 2024. He’s receiving a $320,000 annual base salary.

Kumud Acharya, Ph.D

DRI — established in 1959 — has campuses in Las Vegas and Reno and employs about 400 people. Its faculty members aren’t tenured and their salaries are generated through external funding such as contracts and grants.

Acharya said in a Tuesday interview with the Review-Journal that the first immediate challenge at DRI is “how we get through this pandemic without much damage to the institute” while receiving less state funding.

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