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Diane Chase

Executive Vice President & Provost

Professor of Anthropology

Expertise: UNLV Top Tier Planning, Anthropology, Archaeology, Maya civilizations


Noted archaeologist Diane Chase joined UNLV in May 2016 as the university's chief academic officer. 

Chase, who brings more than 15 years of administrative experience to the role, works closely with deans and faculty to develop, implement, and promote educational and scholarship goals and provide leadership to ensure excellence in the university’s academic mission. She also oversees academic and budgetary policy and priorities and partners with the university president to implement UNLV’s strategic plan to become a top tier public university in research, education, and community impact.

A prolific scholar and researcher, Chase’s archaeological work on the ancient Maya earned the highest faculty honor at the University of Central Florida, where she previously worked, and led to her election as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She remains active in archaeology, publishing articles, presenting at conferences, and conducting fieldwork in the jungles of Belize. Her research, which involves reconstruction of ancient Maya civilization through a combination of fieldwork and new technologies, examines the complex relationships that existed among these ancient people and their environment.


  • Ph.D. in anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

Diane Chase In The News

Sep 28, 2018

A laser-shooting eye in the sky has revealed the previously unappreciated size and complexity of ancient Maya civilization, both before and during its presumed heyday, scientists say.

Aug 6, 2018

Why you should care: Because climate change has been affecting civilizations for a long time.

May 1, 2018

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE)Higher Learning: Education in Nevada is in the process of becoming a true system as Nevada’s educational climate shifts to meet the needs of Nevada citizens and businesses. Those needs are creating a change from individual institutions working alone to meet those needs to a system of institutions working together.

Feb 12, 2018

An international research team has discovered about 60 000 previously unknown Mayan ruins in Guatemala , according to National Geographic.

Articles Featuring Diane Chase

Diane Chase speaking with a group
Aug 23, 2017

UNLV’s chief academic officer on her first year here and the changes to come.

Andreas Stefik
Jan 6, 2017

A compilation of media coverage profiling just a few of the many people of UNLV who made news in 2016.

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