UNLV Names Brent Drake as Vice Provost for Decision Support

Jun. 28, 2017


Campus community, 
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Brent Drake as vice provost for Decision Support, effective August 2017.
“Brent brings to UNLV extensive knowledge of institutional analysis and data-driven initiatives for student success,” said Diane Chase, UNLV’s executive vice president and provost. “We expect his expertise will guide decision making to a higher level with policy and institutional research, which is an important focus for us as a Top Tier institution.”
Drake comes to UNLV from Purdue University, where he served since 2013 as the institution’s chief data officer responsible for development, planning and management of its Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Effectiveness. There, his focus included compiling and analyzing data and research around student learning and attainment, overall institutional effectiveness, institutional reporting, faculty activity, and data analytics.
“I’m excited to join UNLV and the unified culture that emphasizes investment in data-driven decision making,” Drake said. “I look forward to working with leadership and the Decision Support team to increase access to tools and research that gives decision makers a better understanding, for instance, of how efficiently the institution uses resources – be it human capital or physical resources – and how our policies and practices impact important institutional goals such as student achievement, retention and completion.” 
Prior to his role as chief data officer, Drake held several leadership positions at Purdue, including associate director, acting director and assistant vice provost and director for the Office of Enrollment Management Analysis and Reporting. He has presented and published on topics in higher education, including motivational models related to student success, retention enhancing programs, business intelligence and data analytics, enrollment modeling, recruitment, enrollment trends, and student success efforts. 

As UNLV’s vice provost for decision support, Drake will be responsible for supporting the university’s leadership in its commitment to accountability and evidence-based decision making through comprehensive data collection, integration analysis and reporting. Drake will oversee the delivery of timely reports for campus executives, business managers, department chairs and others who monitor strategic initiatives and manage daily operations across campus. Drake will report directly to the Executive Vice President and Provost, with a dual reporting line to Dr. Carl Reiber, Senior Vice Provost.

Brent holds a doctorate in educational psychology, a master’s degree in sports psychology and a bachelor’s degree in athletic training, all from Purdue.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Brent Drake to UNLV.