Brian Sandoval, former Nevada governor, is moving on from his role as president of global gaming development for MGM Resorts to become president of the University of Nevada, Reno, of which he is an alumnus.
He had been leading MGM’s campaign to obtain an integrated resort license in Japan in partnership with ORIX Corp. That process has been delayed at least six months by the Covid-19 pandemic.
MGM recently underwent a management shuffle. It began at the top with the departure of CEO Jim Murren on March 22, and his replacement by Bill Hornbuckle as acting CEO.
Sandoval served two terms as Nevada governor and joined MGM in January 2019. Before that, in 2010, he was a U.S. district judge and the chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board.