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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
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.
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.
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.”
When the UNLV School of Medicine received preliminary accreditation last fall, a flood of students sought admission, forcing staff to stop accepting applications when the number hit 905. “It was just too many,” UNLV President Len Jessup said. After all, the fledgling medical school could only accept 60 students in its inaugural class.
Articles Featuring Scott M. Roberts
Future-themed annual event recognizes the contributions of UNLV's donors.
UNLV's vice president for philanthropy on the reasons behind our record-breaking $93 million fundraising year.