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Governor’s Office of the Western Regional Education Compact for the Nevada Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (Nevada WICHE).

Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please allow at least 48 hours to respond to inquiries.

For questions regarding agency administration, programs and student accounts please contact:

Jennifer Ouellette

Director, Nevada Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Programs

Tel: (775) 687-0991
Fax: (775) 687-0990

Fred Lokken

Executive Commissioner

BoardPhotoFredLokken2013 (1)Mr. Lokken is currently a tenured Professor of Political Science at Truckee Meadow Community College.  In his 24 years at TMCC, Fred Lokken has served in the following positions: instructor of Political Science, tenured professor of Political Science, DE Coordinator/Director/Assistant Dean/Associate Dean/Dean, Director of the Incline Village program, Government Liaison/Cabinet member/Campus Lobbyist to State Legislature. Currently Dean responsible for WebCollege, Academic Support Center (after-hours administrator, switchboard, information desk, photo IDs, part-time faculty support, catalog, room scheduling, common course numbering, curriculum newsletter, online student proctoring center, student lockers, KJIV-FM radio license, Nontraditional No More project/concierge for active adult learners) and History, Political Science & Law.

Mr. Lokken currently serves as chair of the Coalition of Affiliated Councils (COAC) of the American Association of Community Colleges.  COAC represented thirty-two affiliated councils of the AACC.   Mr. Lokken is also a member (and past-chair) of the Board of Directors of the Instructional Technology Council (ITC –  In that capacity, he annually conducts the only national survey of community colleges on Distance Education.  He also serves as a political expert for local, state and national affairs.

He has a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, a Masters of Arts in Political Science from Washington State University, and an ABD in Political Science from the University of British Columbia.

Mr. Lokken was appointed by Governor Brian Sandoval in August 2015 as a Nevada Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) commissioner.

Cathy Dinauer


Cathy Dinauer is the Executive Director of the Nevada State Board of Nursing. In her role, she has overall responsibility for the regulatory agency’s daily operations, which licenses/certifies approximately 65,000 RNs, LPNs, CNAs, and APRNs in Nevada. Before her role as executive director, Ms. Dinauer was the Chief Nursing Officer at a 200-bed facility in Nevada. She has over 40 years of experience as a registered nurse in education, emergency nursing, and leadership. She is a Fellow of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Institute of Regulatory Excellence, a Graduate of the Advisory Board Academy Fellowship, and was the 2017 recipient of the Northern Nevada Nurse of Achievement in Nursing Leadership.

Dr. Thom Reilly


Dr. Reilly serves as chief executive officer for the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE). He supervises the eight NSHE presidents and ensures the Board of Regents policies are implemented throughout the system. As Chancellor, he is the System liaison with the governor, state legislators, and other public officials and community leaders. Prior to his appointment as Chancellor, he served as director of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University where he also was a professor in the School of Public Affairs. He currently is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and professor emeritus at San Diego State University. Dr. Reilly has extensive experience in the private sector, serving as managing principal of The Reilly Group, a management consulting firm and as former vice president of social responsibility at Caesars Entertainment, Inc. He has held senior administrative positions with the State of Nevada, overseeing income maintenance programs and the statewide child welfare system.