After 37 years of service to UNLV, Kari Coburn, Assistant Vice Provost for Decision Support, will be retiring at the end of December.
With more than 40 years at UNLV both as a student and as an employee, Kari is responsible for building the Office of Institutional Analysis and Planning into a highly respected information resource for campus administrators, faculty, staff and students. Appointed in 1980 by President Leonard Goodall to oversee the two person office, Kari worked with six UNLV presidents and three interim presidents, providing support for strategic planning and performance tracking, student success, accreditation, budgeting, policy development, and enrollment management. Kari provided service and leadership to the Faculty Senate in her role as senator, member of the executive committee, and committee chair, and afterward, continued involvement with Faculty Senate committees in a supporting role. She has also provided support to several Faculty Senate committees. In her role as consultant to the Faculty Senate Salary Model Task Force, she was instrumental in developing the first salary model for UNLV faculty and professionals, and for establishing the current system of professional ranges based on levels of responsibility. She served as a member of UNLV policy development committees for the past 11 years, and co-chaired the University Policy Committee for the past five years.
More recently, Kari provided leadership in the areas of data governance, information management, and data warehousing within the Nevada System of Higher Education. She and her staff have gained national attention for their work in providing information access to campus decision makers at all levels, and are responsible for building UNLV’s first integrated data warehouse and business intelligence tool (My UNLV Analytics). A two-time alumnus of UNLV, Kari has been recognized for her professional contributions to the Association for Institutional Research, Rocky Mountain Association for Institutional Research, and NSHE, and for her service on the executive board of the local chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.
I am truly grateful for her service to UNLV and her many accomplishments. I know that she will be missed greatly.
There will be a reception in Kari’s honor in December. I hope you will join the President and Provost’s office and her staff in wishing her well.
John Valery White
Executive Vice President and Provost