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Paul Aizley

Professor Emeritus


Paul Aizley is a retired professor of 40 years from UNLV. He was a math professor from 1968 to 2008, and served for 13 years as the dean of Continuing Education. He was responsible for many community programs involving local hospitals and hotels, the arts, finance, health, travel, history, and more. He also established UNLV’s wildly popular Learning-in-Retirement program, now called OLLI, with more than 1,000 locals participating.

Aizley also was responsible for a multi-million-dollar annual budget for 13 years at UNLV. He supervised and motivated a staff of more than 30 professional and classified employees — all of which gave him top evaluations, year after year.

Previously, with his wife, Sari, and their son David, he co-founded the nonprofit organization CLASS, which has been serving 40,000 Clark County high school students for 16 years. Together, they also established, owned, and operated a small business in a Las Vegas shopping center. Additionally, Aizley has coordinated and hosted an international conference relating to radioactive materials, and worked with the Mirage Hotel, UNLV, and a number of government agencies.

His leadership and affiliations are extensive and a partial list includes: founding chair, Nevada Fair Housing Center; state president, Nevada Faculty Alliance; chair, UNLV Faculty Senate; board, Las Vegas Ice Age Park Foundation; president and treasurer, Western Association of Summer Session Administrators; Education Committee member, Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada; and he enabled credit courses for ROTC students at UNLV and for Nellis Air Force Base servicemen.

Aizley also has contributed his expertise to legislative services in Nevada by serving as an assemblyman for several terms. He was a primary sponsor for legislation that would advance gender equity; prohibit smoking on campuses; correct unfair practices in personnel review; attract film industry jobs to Nevada; save millions for the state by putting the annual tax rolls on the internet instead of in newspapers; and prevent draconian cuts in education. These are just a few of the bills he sponsored — some of which passed, and some that did not. He hopes to continue to speak out for what’s right and vote wisely for a better life and economy in Nevada.


  • Ph.D. in Mathematics, Arizona State University
  • M.S. in Mathematics, University of Arizona
  • B.S. in Mathematics, Harvard University