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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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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.

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A roundup of the top news stories featuring UNLV students and faculty.

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Faculty, staff, students, and administrators came together to discuss recent initiatives and how to improve as a Minority-Serving Institution.

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In an effort to encourage STEM learning, UNLV engineering students partner with local high schools to help 'gear' up for the FIRST Robotics Competition as part of a new two-semester course.

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Business and Community |

NBA star-turned-motivational speaker has launched businesses and nonprofits to uplift diverse, disadvantaged communities; tickets are free and available to members of campus and public. 

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After tragedy, UNLV remains committed to improving the well-being of our students, our faculty and staff, and the world.

President In The News

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The resources include a mental health reimbursement program.

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The building will have full-time security this fall following a campus shooting.

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The building will have full-time security this fall following a campus shooting.

KSNV-TV: News 3

UNLV President Keith Whitfield honored the officers who responded to the Dec. 6 deadly campus shooting. Detective Nate Drum and Officer Damian Garcia were recognized for their heroic actions when a gunman fatally shot three professors and injured a fourth on campus.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now

UNLV held a town hall on Monday to update university staff members, students, and the public on recovery efforts since the shooting last December. UNLV President Dr. Keith Whitfield started the town hall by recognizing the officers who helped stop the shooter on Dec. 6, 2023. Those two officers were Detective Nathaniel Drum and Officer Damian Garcia of the University Police Department.

Las Vegas Sun

UNLV will reopen the classroom complex where an active shooter last December killed three professors and wounded another, officials said today. Beam Hall, which has been closed for repairs since the tragedy, will hold about 160 classes in the fall, Provost Chris Heavey said during a meeting updating university leaders on the campus recovery following the Dec. 6., 2023 shooting.

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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.