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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 | July 2, 2020

A collection of news stories featuring the people and programs of UNLV.

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Campus News | June 11, 2020

A collection of stories featuring UNLV’s continued flexibility and adaptability in the face of COVID-19.

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People | June 9, 2020

Jenna Heath's work on peer mentoring and other programs earns her high honor from university.

Campus News | May 20, 2020

A collection of news stories highlighting the staff and students of UNLV who exemplify what it means to be a Rebel, even from home.

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People | May 18, 2020

The budget analyst on the reasons she and husband Robert are now UNLV lifers.

Campus News | April 9, 2020

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s response to COVID-19 and faculty experts who have helped the community make sense of the pandemic and its impact to daily life.

Executive Vice President and Provost In The News

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
August 5, 2020

8 News NOW has learned more about how UNLV is getting ready to accept students back into their college courses in a few weeks. The main theme of the campus is safety is key.

Vegas Inc
August 3, 2020

A massive $4 billion resort is scheduled to open next year at the site of the old Stardust property on the Strip, but that doesn’t mean the famed casino will be forgotten.

Travel Weekly
July 28, 2020

Officials at MGM Resorts International declined to comment about when or how the Park MGM, closed since mid-March because of the pandemic, will start welcoming guests again. But that has not stopped observers and industry experts from speculating about whether a smoking ban in casinos can limit the spread of the coronavirus and attract new customers going forward.

Travel Weekly
July 28, 2020

Officials at MGM Resorts International declined to comment about when or how the Park MGM, closed since mid-March because of the pandemic, will start welcoming guests again. But that has not stopped observers and industry experts from speculating about whether a smoking ban in casinos can limit the spread of the coronavirus and attract new customers going forward.

Travel Weekly
July 28, 2020

Officials at MGM Resorts International declined to comment about when or how the Park MGM, closed since mid-March because of the pandemic, will start welcoming guests again. But that has not stopped observers and industry experts from speculating about whether a smoking ban in casinos can limit the spread of the coronavirus and attract new customers going forward.

Fox News
July 23, 2020

Celebrity magician and longtime Las Vegas resident Penn Jillette didn’t mince words when asked to describe what Sin City is like without live entertainment.

Executive Vice President and Provost Experts

An expert in psychology, particularly the relationship between inner experience and mental health. 
Dr. Barbara Atkinson is an accomplished researcher, teacher and administrator in the fields of medicine and medical education. 
An expert on bankruptcy and business ethics, Rapoport authored a book on the Enron scandal.
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 on diversity issues, Title IX, and faculty, student and staff development
An expert in climate resilience and sustainability.  

Recent Executive Vice President and Provost Accomplishments

July 24, 2020
Nicole Hudson (Online Education) has been accepted to the Online Learning Consortium's Institute for Emerging Leaders in Online Learning (IELOL) 2020 cohort. The program is in its 12th year and this year is completely virtual, commencing in July and concluding in November. 
June 30, 2020
David G. Schwartz (Faculty Affairs) recently had an essay, "Dreaming of Zion: The American West as Place or Process in Fallout: New Vegas's Honest Hearts DLC," published in First Person Scholar. The essay posits that, as a Western set in a post-apocalyptic Mohave, the video game Fallout: New Vegas demonstrates that the big questions that drive...
June 15, 2020
David G. Schwartz (Faculty Affairs) recently delivered his public lecture as the 2020 Scholar in Residence for the Neon Museum. In "After Howard, Before the Mirage: The Early Corporate Era of Nevada Casinos and the Shifting Visual Landscape of Las Vegas," he talked about the "middle child" of Las Vegas casino history, the period between 1967 and...
June 5, 2020
David G. Schwartz (Faculty Affairs) recently published an extended blog post highlighting his research as the Neon Museum's 2020 Scholar in Residence. Called “After Howard, Before The Mirage: The Early Corporate Era of Nevada Casinos and the Shifting Visual Landscape of Las Vegas,” it considers an often-neglected period of Las Vegas casino history...
June 3, 2020
David G. Schwartz (Faculty Affairs) recently published an essay on Desert Companion's DC Blog examining how Las Vegas recovered from a pair of deadly fires in 1980/81 that shook public confidence in high-rise safety, particularly in Las Vegas.
May 14, 2020
David G. Schwartz (Faculty Affairs) recently had a paper based on his keynote address published as a chapter in the proceedings of the Eighth International Conference of the Faculty of Foreign Languages of Alfa BK University in Belgrade, Serbia. “To Stand the Test of Time: A Close Reading of Sid Meier's Civilization V as Text” examines the story...