Scott M. Roberts

Vice President for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement
Expertise: Fundraising, Development


Scott Roberts is vice president for philanthropy and alumni engagement at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a thriving urban research institution with nearly 30,000 students and 3,000 faculty and staff. Roberts oversees all fundraising and alumni engagement for the institution. 

Roberts joined UNLV in 2010 as associate vice president for development and was promoted to his current position in 2016. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he served as director of university development at Pittsburg State University. There he was credited with increasing private fundraising from $9 million in 2004 to more than $20 million in 2010, and with successfully completing a $120 million campaign. These efforts were recognized when PSU was awarded the 2010 CASE Wealth Engine Award for Educational Fundraising for overall performance.  

His experience as a professional fundraiser began in 2002, when he served as a district executive for the Boy Scouts of America. He is a member of the board of directors for the District VII Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and also serves as a member of the board of directors for the Las Vegas Metro Police Foundation. He also served on the Pittsburg Noon Rotary Executive Board and was a member of the Ozark Trails Council Boy Scouts of America, Pittsburg Young Professionals, YMCA, Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce, and Joplin Chamber of Commerce.


  • A.A., Missouri State University at West Plains
  • B.S., College of the Ozarks
  • M.P.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Scott M. Roberts In The News
May 2, 2019
UConn's fundraising arm on Wednesday named a philanthropic executive from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), as its new CEO and president.
April 30, 2018
Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world's leading cloud software company powering social good, today reported strong momentum in adoption rates among higher education institutions seeking an integrated, smart cloud solution set to help improve campus-wide collaboration, strengthen relationships with alumni and supporters, drive a streamlined scholarship process, and advance fundraising and marketing activities.
Las Vegas Sun
March 19, 2018
One of two regents pushing most vigorously for UNLV President Len Jessup’s ouster brushed off the notion that the board should be concerned about fundraising at the university despite a mounting revolt by some of the school’s largest backers.
Las Vegas Review Journal
July 31, 2017
UNLV set a record for fundraising in the just-concluded fiscal year, attracting more than $93 million in new gifts and pledges. A last-minute $25 million anonymous gift to UNLV’s new medical school was the donation that led to the record. “It would never have been possible without the donors, friends and alumni,” said Scott Roberts, vice president for philanthropy and alumni engagement and president of the UNLV Foundation. “They’re the ones who are investing in making this a great place.”

Articles Featuring Scott M. Roberts

view of Las Vegas Strip with dramatic clouds
Campus NewsJune 27, 2018
Donors step up to support UNLV programs that serve the community in the aftermath of October 1 shooting.
podium and stage
Campus NewsOctober 12, 2017
Future-themed annual event recognizes the contributions of UNLV's donors.
Scott Roberts speaks at a podium
Campus NewsAugust 1, 2017
UNLV's vice president for philanthropy on the reasons behind our record-breaking $93 million fundraising year.
Campus NewsJuly 27, 2017
Highlights include $25 million gift for UNLV medical school and record year for athletics fundraising; UNLV has raised $243 million in past three years.