Mar. 7, 2022


Kate Korgan, Ph.D., has been named senior vice provost for Academic Affairs, effective March 9, 2022.

Korgan, who most recently has led the Graduate College for more than a decade, is a longtime member of the UNLV faculty and a proven administrator.

She is an innovator with an unwavering commitment to both student success and shared governance. In her new role, she will oversee the full range of student enrollment and support services, including the development and review of degree programs, academic assessment, accreditation, admissions and recruitment, financial aid, registrar, etc.

The creation of this new role will involve a reorganization and new reporting structure of some of these functional areas. The existing vice provosts for undergraduate education and educational outreach, along with the deans of the academic success center and of the graduate college, will begin reporting to Korgan effective March 9.

The search for a new vice provost for graduate education/dean of the Graduate College will commence as soon as possible.

The functional areas within Enrollment and Student Services – including Recruitment, Admissions, and Registrar – will transition to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and begin reporting to Korgan, beginning in July 1, 2022. She will also become a member of the President’s Cabinet, consistent with recent past practice.

Both President Keith E. Whitfield and I believe this reorganization strategically aligns UNLV for a more competitive landscape in higher education, and provides greater opportunities for integration of these student enrollment and support services. It will generate increased collaboration among units dedicated to advancing student learning, allow better integration and coordination of our student success efforts, and offer enhanced services for students. When fully implemented, the organizational changes also reduce the size of administration, and increase efficiencies and reduce costs.

“I am grateful to President Whitfield and Provost Heavey for this opportunity, and look forward to working with my colleagues in this new role,” Korgan said. “We will work collaboratively to ensure that UNLV provides the best student experience possible.”

Korgan is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology. Prior to her appointment as interim dean of the Graduate College in 2013 and then as permanent dean in 2019 and vice provost for graduate education in 2021, she was associate dean from 2006 to 2007 and senior associate dean from 2007 to 2013. 

She has served on numerous institutional strategic planning committees and has been on the Top Tier leadership team since its inception. Korgan has been a member of various regional and national boards, including serving as president of the Western Association of Graduate Schools, serving as the western delegate on the Council of Graduate Schools board, and chairing the Council of Graduate Schools Advancement Advisory Committee.