Keith Rogers
May. 31, 2022


Executive Vice President and Provost Chris Heavey is pleased to announce that Keith Rogers, D.B.A, will lead the Division of Student Affairs as interim vice president, effective July 1, 2022.

“I am pleased Dr. Rogers has stepped up to this challenge,” President Keith E. Whitfield said. “Student Affairs is the center of student life on campus, and supports our strategic approach to meeting students where they are. This often means identifying and removing barriers so that students stay on track and complete their degrees.”

Rogers steps in for Juanita Fain, Ph.D., who held the post for 14 years and is moving to a new position as the special liaison to President Whitfield.

Rogers, who has served as the deputy executive director at the Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach (The Center) since 2003, has been a long-time advocate for students and prospective students.

“Dr. Rogers has proven an immense capacity for leading complex programs and delivering consistently positive results,” Heavey said, noting that Rogers is responsible for a team of 73 full-time and 198 part-time staff at The Center as well the operations of 26 federal projects. “He has been among the strongest advocates on campus for increasing access to STEM programs, especially among low-income, first-generation and other underrepresented students.”

In his new role, Rogers will oversee about 400 staff members who provide a multitude of programs and services that enhance students’ college experience outside the classroom. These efforts aim to help students thrive and include community-based college readiness preparation, housing, student involvement, counseling, wellness, recreation, and more.

Throughout his career at UNLV, Rogers has worked with leaders in business, technology, government, and education. He has assisted for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in streamlining processes, identifying opportunities, and coordinating efforts across departments using Six Sigma project management techniques, resource and industry-based analysis, and other business methodology.

“I am looking forward to working alongside university leadership,” Rogers said. “Working together with the division’s incredibly dedicated faculty and staff, and the greater UNLV community, I know we can advance the campus culture in ways that support student success academically and personally, and promote staff well-being and professional development.”

Among his key accomplishments, Rogers has:

  • Increased federally funded projects from 3 to 26 and annual revenue from $2.5 million to $14 million, totaling more than $131 million over a 10-year period.
  • Established and fostered more than 150 business partnerships that yield over $16 million in in-kind annual contributions to support federal programs.
  • Led project design, compliance and assurance efforts resulting in zero audit findings or recommendations and meeting or exceeding all performance outcomes.
  • Created operational savings of more than $150,000 through the restructuring of business partnerships and contract negotiations.
  • For enrolled participants (over 22,000), increased high school graduation from 57% to 98%, college enrollment from 35% to 70%, college completion within 6 years from 30% to 68%, and graduate school enrollment from 12% to 67%.

Rogers earned his doctoral degree in business administration from Grand Canyon University. He holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in management information systems, both from UNLV. He also is certified in project management and as a Master Black Belt in Six Sigma Processes.