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