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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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People | November 18, 2019

Having played many sports while growing up, the head of UNLV's educational compliance values teamwork.

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Campus News | October 17, 2019

University surpasses 31,000 students for first time in 62-year history; UNLV students are also staying in school and graduating at higher rates.

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Campus News | October 3, 2019

Universities offering distance learning opportunities must comply with regulations across state lines.

Business and Community | August 13, 2019
UNLV works to dismantle barriers to college-level math success to retain and graduate students.
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Business and Community | August 10, 2019

Students find support through updated math courses, pilot programs.

Business and Community | August 9, 2019

Summer Math Bridge has helped 77 percent of participating students place into credit-bearing math courses since 2012.

Executive Vice President and Provost In The News

November 8, 2019

Casinos and racetracks in New Jersey are now betting on professional eSports tournaments, seeking to expand the fast-growing sports betting industry in the state to the $1 billion gaming tournament market.

The Eagle
November 7, 2019

New Jersey's casinos and racetracks are now taking bets on competitive video game tournaments, looking to expand the state's fast-growing sports betting industry to the $1 billion video tournament market.

The Press of Atlantic City
November 1, 2019

At this time last year, Ocean Casino Resort was struggling financially and many industry watchers wondered whether it could survive the brutal winter months along the Jersey shore when visitation to the city's gambling parlors drops off.

October 21, 2019

Las Vegas is home to many of the biggest and best casinos in the world. Interestingly, non-gambling options in LV hotels are generating more revenue than ever before. It appears that many individuals are choosing to visit this city for reasons other than gambling.

KSNV-TV: News 3
October 17, 2019

Circus Circus opened in the late 60s but remains a Las Vegas institution today.

El Tiempo
September 24, 2019

Fourteen years after acquiring the family-friendly Circus Circus, MGM Resorts International is in talks to sell the property to the IT owner: Phil Ruffin.

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 bankruptcy and business ethics, Rapoport authored a book on the Enron scandal.
An expert on diversity issues, Title IX, and faculty, student and staff development
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

November 15, 2019
The Administrative Faculty Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Professional Development Awards. The six $500 awards were granted to the following individuals for the purpose of funding professional development endeavors. Julie Bertoia, vice president of Research & Economic Development Nicole Stella, Academic Success...
October 15, 2019
David G. Schwartz (Faculty Affairs) recently gave an invited presentation to a visiting management group from London's Hippodrome Casino. The talk, “Parallels between the United Kingdom and Las Vegas Gaming Markets, 1950 to Now," positioned the current UK gaming market in the context of past and current trends in Las Vegas, and offered practical...
October 7, 2019
David G. Schwartz (Faculty Affairs) was the featured speaker at the October meeting of the Italian-American Club of Las Vegas. His talk, "A History of Italian-Americans in Las Vegas, with a Focus on Hospitality," was warmly received, and by popular demand he delivered additional remarks about current issues in the gaming industry. A robust...
September 23, 2019
Leeann Fields (Educational Compliance) has been elected to the advisory group for the national State Authorization Network under the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies. The network is the nation’s leading organization that provides guidance and support for navigating regulatory compliance for out-of-state activities of post-secondary...
September 23, 2019
David G. Schwartz (Faculty Affairs) recently had an article published in the Nevada Historical Society Quarterly. “Torchbearers Eastward of the Pacific, into the Darkness of This Wasted Land: Themes of Western History in the Postatomic Mojave of Fallout: New Vegas,” examines how elements of real-world Western history are reflected in the video...
September 17, 2019
William R. Speer (Mathematics Learning Center) recently presented a paper on Productive Struggle at the 11th Congress of the International Group for Mathematical Creativity and Giftedness in Hamburg, Germany.