Dale Bohmont joined the College in 1963 as the new dean. His challenge was to find a way to integrate the
functioning of the College, the Experiment Station and UNCE. Bohmont and his administration worked effectively
from 1963 to 1981 to make this transition as smooth as possible, both in terms of funding and faculty assignments.
Federal funding through the Hatch and Smith-Lever Acts was allocated for research and extension service, so it was
crucial to keep these funds separate in terms of fiscal accountability—because federal funds could not be commingled
with state-appropriated funding. At this time, 90 percent of funds were going to research and extension and only 10
percent toward instruction.
To support the rapid growth in student enrollment, Bohmont made it so that faculty and staff would have joint
appointments with the College, Experiment Station and UNCE. This allowed a larger pool of faculty with more
diverse expertise to be available for instruction, research and extension programs. Each of the three entities
would benefit from the other’s expertise and would be able to collaborate on how to better serve Nevada’s
Bohmont’s vision proved to be a success. “In an academic setting, instruction is king, but in the fiscal
accountability of agriculture, the key connection is the federal resources which historically made the
College possible,” Bohmont wrote in his book, Golden Years of Agriculture in Nevada.