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Office of the President News

Since joining UNLV in August 2020, President Keith E. Whitfield has brought his innovative ideas to the university. A student success-focused leader, Whitfield is proud to oversee one of the nation’s most diverse universities for undergraduates, and one that holds the highest recognition for both research and community engagement.

Current President News

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People |

Despite a guidance counselor's naysaying, the former UNLV president has racked up a lifetime of achievements too long to list.

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Campus News |

How did our newest grads get to graduation? Our great faculty and their supportive families!

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Campus News |

The annual event is part of efforts to build a data-informed culture among faculty, staff, and administrators.

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Campus News |

Steered by President Keith E. Whitfield and UNLV Alumni Association, the first-ever event drew the support of around 100 participants.

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Campus News |

Team Protégé wins Shark Tank-style competition for AI-powered speech feedback app.

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Campus News |

UNLV Law School has 14 top 100 programs in publication’s 2024 rankings, including No. 2 ranking for legal writing; Physical Therapy cracks top 50.
 

President In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal

State higher education officials expressed strong skepticism over UNLV’s plans to enter into a lengthy ground lease on 42 acres of university-owned land near the Las Vegas Strip.

Los Angeles Business Journal

The Manhattan Beach Studios Group is going to Vegas. The company, also known as MBS Group, is part of a consortium that will build and manage a 34-acre media production and multi-use facility complex at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas’s Harry Reid Research and Technology Park in the southwest section of the city.

Los Angeles Business Journal

The Manhattan Beach Studios Group is going to Vegas. The company, also known as MBS Group, is part of a consortium that will build and manage a 34-acre media production and multi-use facility complex at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas’s Harry Reid Research and Technology Park in the southwest section of the city.

Las Vegas Review Journal

UNLV celebrated it’s graduating class of spring 2024 at the Thomas & Mack Center. “Commencement is the most special time at UNLV!” said the university’s president, Keith E. Whitfield, in a post on X on Saturday.

Vegas PBS

UNLV President Keith Whitfield opens up about what the university has been like during the months following a shooting on campus. He shares details on the Rebel Recovery Program and how university leaders are addressing campus safety and the mental health of everyone affected by the tragedy.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now

Members from the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV walked the stage and received their degrees at the Thomas and Mack Center Friday, May 3.The commencement had graduates that arrived on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on public health.

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Recent President Accomplishments

The Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine hosted national experts in the field of sports medicine during the NFL Health and Safety Super Bowl Medical Summit, on Feb. 9. Physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists, and medical students learned about advancements in a number of different areas, including protective equipment, concussion…
UNLV President Keith Whitfield and Dr. Marc J. Kahn, dean of the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine, co-authored an editorial that recently appeared in the Las Vegas Sun. “Teamwork Essential for Better Health Care in Las Vegas,” highlighted the school’s plan for an academic health center where all of UNLV’s health science schools, as well as…
UNLV President Keith E. Whitfield was named to the national board of directors for Junior Achievement USA in May. Junior Achievement, which has more than 100 offices in all 50 states, including Southern Nevada, is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success,…
David G. Schwartz (Ombuds) recently published a post on From the Ombuds, the official blog of UNLV's ombuds office. The post, "Changing Our Culture, One Step at a Time," explores what it might look like to practice Mary Rowe's concept of "microaffirmations" for UNLV.  For more information about the ombuds office, please visit its…
David G. Schwartz (Ombuds) recently published a post on From the Ombuds, the official blog of UNLV's ombuds office. The post, "Why Not Visit the Ombuds?," explores a few reasons that potential visitors hesitate when considering a visit to the office, addressing each of them. For more information about the ombuds office, please visit its website.
David G. Schwartz (Ombuds) recently published a post on From the Ombuds, the official blog of UNLV's Ombuds office.  The post announces the release of the office's most recent quarterly summary, covering April to June of 2022.  For more information about the Ombuds office, please visit its website.