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NSHE Regent who Made Comments about Jewish Community Loses Committee Post

A member of the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents who made comments this month that many considered antisemitic has been removed from his position as vice chair of the body’s diversity committee.

At a June 7 meeting of the board, which governs higher education in the state, Regent Donald McMichael said, “We have a small group of people — because they were set upon in World War II — have the notion that they can set themselves up in a higher position than anyone else in the United States,” according to a video of the meeting posted on X.

“Some Jewish students are frightful to come to campus. Get in line,” he said at another point. “There’s others who have been here a lot longer and who have been treated more poorly, and for you to come and say that, ‘Oh my gosh, just remember, it been World War II, we had the Holocaust and they were in concentration camps.’ We still have concentration camps here in the United States.”

The removal was announced in a letter from Chair Amy Carvalho and Vice Chair Jeffrey Downs dated Thursday. “While we realize his comments at the recent quarterly meeting were his own words that represent his experience, they did not reflect or uphold the ideals of inclusion or equity that are integral to the foundation of the charter and charge of the IDEA committee,” they wrote.

Stefanie Tuzman, president and CEO of Jewish Nevada, said in a statement that his remarks were “deeply troubling” and “completely unacceptable.”

McMichael represents District 4 in Clark County. He did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday morning.