Nancy B. Rapoport is the Acting Executive Vice President & Provost of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is also the Garman Turner Gordon Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and is an Affiliate Professor of Business Law and Ethics in the Lee Business School at UNLV. After receiving her B.A., summa cum laude, from Rice University in 1982 and her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1985, she clerked for the Honorable Joseph T. Sneed III on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then practiced law (primarily bankruptcy law) with Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco from 1986-1991. She started her academic career at The Ohio State University College of Law in 1991, and she moved from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor with tenure in 1995 to Associate Dean for Student Affairs (1996) and Professor (1998) (just as she left Ohio State to become Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Nebraska College of Law). She served as Dean of the University of Nebraska College of Law from 1998-2000. She then served as Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center from July 2000-May 2006 and as Professor of Law from June 2006-June 2007, when she left to join the faculty at Boyd. She served as Interim Dean of Boyd from 2012-2013.
Her specialties are bankruptcy ethics, ethics in governance, law firm behavior, and the depiction of lawyers in popular culture. She is admitted to the bars of the states of California, Ohio, Nebraska, Texas, and Nevada and of the United States Supreme Court. In 2001, she was elected to membership in the American Law Institute, and in 2002, she received a Distinguished Alumna Award from Rice University. She is a board member of the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement (the Mob Museum) and the Vice President for Research Grants for the American Bankruptcy Institute. She is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. In 2009, the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel presented her with the Public Service Counsel Award at the 4th Annual Counsel of the Year Awards.
She has also appeared in the Academy Award®-nominated movie, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Magnolia Pictures 2005) (as herself). Being in the movie garnered her a listing in www.imdb.com, a fact of which she is probably unreasonably proud. In her spare time, she competes, pro-am, in American Rhythm and American Smooth ballroom dancing with her teacher, Sergei Shapoval. Currently, she is ranked 5th in the country in one of her ballroom categories (9-Dance B Division) and is the national champion in another category (U.S. Open Pro/Am Rising Star American Smooth Competition B Division). The most interesting thing about her is that she is married to a former Marine Scout-Sniper.
The Office of the Provost is comprised of the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty, Policy, and Research that coordinate efforts to fulfill the mission of the Office of the Provost. The Office of the Provost also consists of three semi-autonomous units – Education Outreach, Information Technology, and Decision Support that support the entire campus in multiple ways related to their distinct missions. View our org chart.
The Office of the Provost is responsible for the academic mission of the campus. That mission demands that we allocate academic resources efficiently to support successful student learning, produce high quality research, and provide valuable contributions to the University, metropolitan southern Nevada, and southwestern communities.
The Office of the Provost is committed to promoting student growth and achievement by providing rigorous curricula in diverse fields of study, taught by accomplished faculty with exceptional training. We assist the University’s constituent colleges and schools in recruiting talented faculty. We support the work and development of our students and faculty by promoting a climate in which reasoned inquiry, research, and reflection can thrive.
We are charged with building a premier research university to serve a diverse, unique, urban and regional community. We are obliged to steer the University through rapid changes in the conditions for higher education, ensuring that the University is effective over the long term for our students, faculty, staff, and graduates.
Promote a nurturing, caring campus community and ensure all university functions prioritize our academic mission.
- Support academic revival in response to the end of several budget-cutting years.
- Improve campus support structures and operating procedures to achieve greater efficiency and improved customer service in enrollment management, campus operations, and Provost office processing.
- Address campus morale and climate issues to ensure recognition and reward for faculty and staff.