Brent Drake is the vice provost for the Office of Decision Support. In this role, Drake supports the university’s leadership in its commitment to accountability and evidence-based decision- making through comprehensive data collection, integration analysis, and reporting.
Drake oversees the delivery of timely reports for campus executives, business managers, department chairs and others who monitor strategic initiatives and manage daily operations across campus. He reports to the executive vice president and provost, with a dual reporting line to the senior vice provost.
Drake believes increased access to tools and research that university decision-makers can use leads to better understanding, for instance, of how efficiently the institution uses resources and how policies and practices impact institutional goals, such as student achievement, retention, and completion.
Drake joined UNLV in 2017.
He previously served since 2013 as the chief data officer at Purdue University. There, he was responsible for development, planning, and management of its office of institutional research, assessment and effectiveness. His focus included compiling and analyzing data and research around student learning and attainment, overall institutional effectiveness, institutional reporting, faculty activity, and data analytics.
Drake held several other leadership positions at Purdue, including associate director, acting director, and assistant vice provost and director for the office of enrollment management analysis and reporting. He has presented and published on topics in higher education, including motivational models related to student success, retention-enhancing programs, business intelligence and data analytics, enrollment modeling, recruitment, enrollment trends, and student success efforts.
Drake holds a doctorate in education psychology, a master’s degree in sports psychology, and a bachelor’s degree in athletic training, all from Purdue.