Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost

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About EVPP

John Valery White was named Executive Vice President and Provost of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), effective July 1, 2012. Prior to being appointed to this position, John was the second dean of UNLV’s William S. Boyd School of Law.

John Valery White joined the Boyd School of Law from Louisiana State University (LSU) Paul M. Hebert Law Center where he was the J. Dawson Gasquet Memorial Professor of Law. At LSU, he taught for 15 years and wrote and lectured extensively about civil rights law. He was also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Insubria in Como, Italy, where he explored the role of civil rights law and multicultural theories in responding to globalism. He helped organize and direct a summer school in comparative law in Insubria and twice directed the LSU summer program in Lyon, France. Before teaching law, he was an Orville Schell Fellow at Human Rights Watch in New York City where he worked on prison and human rights practices in Egypt. Dean White received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1991, where he was a Notes and Topics Editor for the Yale Law Journal and participated in the Jerome N. Frank Legal Service Organization.

Office Structure

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.

Strategic Goals

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.