Donald Snyder, former Dean of the UNLV William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, brings tremendous real-world expertise to his leadership roles at the university – and in particular, to his efforts to develop Las Vegas’ status as the “intellectual capital of the global gaming industry”. After retiring as President of Boyd Gaming, Dean Snyder joined UNLV to head up the hotel program in 2010. In July 2010, Donald D. Snyder was appointed interim dean of the UNLV William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration. He was appointed Executive Dean of Strategic Development July 1, 2013.
Mr. Snyder retired from Boyd Gaming in 2005. He first joined the Company as a member of the Board of Directors in April 1996. He was later named President of the Company on January 1, 1997, a post he held until his retirement.
Mr. Snyder was previously the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Fremont Street Experience, where he held the Chairman’s post on its governing board until August 2006. This company is an entity that he formed for eight owners of major hotel and casinos in Las Vegas to develop and operate a major redevelopment project in downtown Las Vegas.
Mr. Snyder served from 1987 through 1991 as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of First Interstate Bank of Nevada, the state’s largest full service bank at the time. During his 22 years with First Interstate Bank, he served his first 18 years with its California bank in various management positions in retail and corporate banking, international banking and real estate banking. His executive positions with the First Interstate organization included membership on its holding company’s Managing Committee and on the Boards of Directors of First Interstate Bank of Utah and First Interstate Mortgage Company.
Mr. Snyder has been actively involved in numerous business, charitable and civic activities in Southern Nevada. He has served on the boards of several gaming and non-gaming companies, including current service on the boards of Bank of Nevada (which he co-founded) and its parent, Western Alliance Bancorporation (NYSE: WAL); NV Energy (NYSE: NVE); Tutor Perini Corporation (NYSE: TPC); and Switch Communications Group, L.L.C. (privately held).
As Chairman of the Board of Directors, and an active supporter of cultural and arts organizations, Mr. Snyder has played an integral role in The Smith Center for the Performing Arts since the incorporation of its charitable foundation, the Las Vegas Performing Arts Center Foundation, in 1996.
Additionally, Mr. Snyder has served on numerous non-profit boards over the years and has been formally recognized on several occasions for outstanding corporate and community service. He presently serves on the boards of the Las Vegas Performing Arts Center Foundation (Chairman), Nathan Adelson Hospice (past Chairman), and Tournament Players Club at Summerlin. His past board service in recent years includes the Nevada Development Authority (past Chairman), UNLV Foundation (past Chairman), Council for a Better Nevada (past Chairman), Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Nevada Resort Association and United Way of Southern Nevada (past Chairman).
Mr. Snyder is a cum laude graduate of the University of Wyoming, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, and completed the Graduate School of Credit and Financial Management at Stanford University. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree by UNLV in 2001. Mr. Snyder and his wife, Dee, have been married for 42 years and have three children and three grandchildren.