Cathy Dinauer Appointed to the WICHE Commission

  • Year Published : 2021
  • Month Published : January

BOULDER, Colo. – Cathy Dinauer, the Executive Director of the Nevada State Board of Nursing, was recently appointed by Governor Steve Sisolak to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), an interstate compact of Western states and territories that work collaboratively to expand educational access and excellence in the West.

WICHE’s 48 commissioners are appointed by the governors of the 15 Western states and the U.S. Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States. The commissioners are leaders in higher education and include state higher education executive officers, college and university presidents, legislators, business and community leaders, and other key partners; together they guide WICHE’s strategic direction and assure that the Western Regional Compact is carried out for the benefit of the West.

As Executive Director of the Nevada State Board of Nursing, Ms. Dinauer has overall responsibility for the regulatory agency’s daily operations, which licenses and certifies approximately 65,000 RNs, LPNs, CNAs, and APRNs in Nevada.  Previously, Ms. Dinauer was the Chief Nursing Officer at a 200-bed facility in Nevada and 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.

“We’re pleased to welcome Commissioner Dinauer to the WICHE Commission. Her unique background in education, nursing, and professional licensure will be a significant contribution to our efforts as WICHE works collaboratively to meet the region’s workforce needs now and in the future.” said WICHE President Demareé Michelau. “Her expertise and skills complement those of our current stellar group of leaders, and I look forward to what we will accomplish together.”

“I am honored to be appointed to the WICHE Commission and am excited to work with other leaders to promote exceptional higher education by working together and generating more equitable student outcomes and thriving economies, throughout the West,” stated Dinauer.



Since 1953, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has been strengthening higher education, workforce development, and behavioral health throughout the region. As an interstate compact, WICHE partners with states, territories, and postsecondary institutions to share knowledge, create resources, and develop innovative solutions that address some of our society’s most pressing needs. From promoting high-quality, affordable postsecondary education to helping states get the most from their technology investments and addressing behavioral health challenges, WICHE improves lives across the West through innovation, cooperation, resource sharing, and sound public policy.

WICHE members include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the U.S. Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States (specifically the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam).


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