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Greenspun College of Urban Affairs New Dean, Robert Ulmer, Announced

Posted: March 27, 2014

The UNLV Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost announces that Robert Ulmer will become the next dean of the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs.  Ulmer, a nationally recognized expert on crisis communications and professor with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, will step in as dean July 1, 2014. Ulmer is currently professor and chair of the Department of Speech Communication at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and he holds two secondary appointments with the College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences.

“Rob brings with him to UNLV an impressive background of research experience, leadership and community engagement that fit in perfectly with the goals of the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs,” said John Valery White, UNLV executive vice president and provost.

A recognized expert in the field of risk management and crisis communications, Ulmer has co-authored six books and dozens of peer-reviewed articles on effective management and organizational response during times of crisis. With published work on crisis response to natural and human-caused disasters – including 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and regional public health issues – he is often sought after as a consultant and speaker in national and international forums.

“I am thrilled to join the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs and its outstanding and engaged faculty, staff, students, and community partners,” said Ulmer. “It is an exciting time for the college as we work together to expand knowledge, develop innovative practice, and contribute to urban growth and development as UNLV seeks top-tier status.”