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Office of Executive Vice President and Provost News

The Executive Vice President and Provost (EVP&P) serves as the university’s chief academic and budget officer and as the chief executive officer of the university in the absence of the president. It provides leadership to support an interdisciplinary, student-centered culture across the campus especially in the area of retention, progression, and completion.

Current Executive Vice President and Provost News

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Campus News | December 1, 2022

As part of the Top Tier 2.0 strategic plan, UNLV introduces a set of core values to help guide future actions and build a more welcoming, inclusive campus environment.

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Campus News | October 17, 2022

Enhanced support helps connect UNLV's transfer students to campus and to each other.

Remember sculptor Claes Oldenburg who created UNLV's iconic Flashlight sculpture this month.
Campus News | August 3, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting university experts’ insights on and contributions to health, environment, and society.

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Business and Community | August 3, 2022

UNLV summit draws out insights from industry leaders to improve student experience and build career readiness.

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People | July 14, 2022

The administrative assistant in decision support stands out for her unflappable charm and ability to tackle challenges.

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People | July 11, 2022

As director of the UNLV/CSN transfer office, Cole is removing barriers that trip up community college students seeking a bachelor's degree.

Executive Vice President and Provost In The News

Nevada Independent
January 26, 2023

Over the past few weeks, storm after storm has rolled through the Sierra Nevada mountains and the Great Basin, dropping much-needed rain and heavy snow from Reno to Elko. But despite all the welcome precipitation, the state still faces drought conditions after back-to-back dry years.

E&E News
January 18, 2023

Former Nevada climate official Kristen Averyt has joined the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Politico
January 18, 2023

Kristen Averyt has joined the White House's Council on Environmental Quality as the new director for drought and Western resilience. She most recently was senior climate adviser for former Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and is a research professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Desert Companion
December 5, 2022

"You’ll see guys sleeping under blankets, and they won’t move for a few hours. So, you go to check on them and you realize ‘Oh, he’s dead,’” says Santiago, his face drawn, as he sits with a small group of other men on the sidewalk outside Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada’s main campus. He’s describing what being unhoused is like in Las Vegas — a city with increasingly extreme temperatures because of climate change and a growing homeless population, exacerbated by pandemic-related evictions and a rising cost of living. This combination of factors is leading to a startling increase of deaths among the unhoused: According to reporting done by the Review-Journal, Clark County saw an 80 percent increase in heat-related fatalities among the homeless community from 2020 to 2021.

Desert Companion
December 5, 2022

"You’ll see guys sleeping under blankets, and they won’t move for a few hours. So, you go to check on them and you realize ‘Oh, he’s dead,’” says Santiago, his face drawn, as he sits with a small group of other men on the sidewalk outside Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada’s main campus. He’s describing what being unhoused is like in Las Vegas — a city with increasingly extreme temperatures because of climate change and a growing homeless population, exacerbated by pandemic-related evictions and a rising cost of living. This combination of factors is leading to a startling increase of deaths among the unhoused: According to reporting done by the Review-Journal, Clark County saw an 80 percent increase in heat-related fatalities among the homeless community from 2020 to 2021.

Desert Companion
December 5, 2022

"You’ll see guys sleeping under blankets, and they won’t move for a few hours. So, you go to check on them and you realize ‘Oh, he’s dead,’” says Santiago, his face drawn, as he sits with a small group of other men on the sidewalk outside Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada’s main campus. He’s describing what being unhoused is like in Las Vegas — a city with increasingly extreme temperatures because of climate change and a growing homeless population, exacerbated by pandemic-related evictions and a rising cost of living. This combination of factors is leading to a startling increase of deaths among the unhoused: According to reporting done by the Review-Journal, Clark County saw an 80 percent increase in heat-related fatalities among the homeless community from 2020 to 2021.

Executive Vice President and Provost Experts

An anthropologist and expert on hunter-gatherer adaptations in American Southwest to arid environments, and the transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture
An expert in climate resilience and sustainability.  
An expert on diversity issues, Title IX, and faculty, student and staff development
An expert in psychology, particularly the relationship between inner experience and mental health. 
An expert on bankruptcy and business ethics, Rapoport authored a book on the Enron scandal.
Dr. Barbara Atkinson is an accomplished researcher, teacher and administrator in the fields of medicine and medical education. 

Recent Executive Vice President and Provost Accomplishments

January 19, 2023
UNLV climate expert and research professor Kristen Averyt (Office of the Vice President for Research) has been named the director for drought and Western resilience for the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Averyt has a long record working on different facets of the climate issue, including U.S. western water resources, the…
January 11, 2023
Federick Ngo (Educational Psychology, Leadership, and Higher Education) was invited to present at the 2023 Joint Mathematics Meetings of the American Mathematical Society in Boston, Massachusetts. He discussed findings from a study on community college student outcomes in statistics and math after developmental education reform efforts. The…
June 16, 2022
Nicole Hudson, Ted Weisman, and Suzanne Becker (all Online Education) presented at Educause's Leadership Institute - Annual Meeting/Virtual Conference 2022 under the session theme: Next-Level Professional Development.  At UNLV, taking faculty development to the next level required a research-based approach coupled with an examination of our campus…
June 13, 2022
Cecilia Maldonado (Provost's Office) and Eileen McGarry (Career Services) presented at the 2022 National Association of Colleges and Employers conference in Portland Oregon. Their topic was  "The Career Readiness Imperative: Creating a Case and Setting the Stage for Career Mobility at a Minority Serving Institution".
April 8, 2022
Levent Atici (Anthropology and Undergraduate Research) is elected to be a national councilor in the Undergraduate Research Programs Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) which aims to support and promote high-quality, mentored undergraduate research through the active involvement of its members. CUR division councilors share in…
March 22, 2022
Tiffany Schmier (Academic Success Center Advising Center) and Nicole Stella (Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education) recently presented at the 2022 Region 9 NACADA Conference in Orange, California. Their presentation was titled "Identity Theory 101: Using Identity Theory to Support Students." They provided an overview of pertinent…