Reporting to the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs in the Office of the Executive Vice President & Provost, Kara Wada oversees Global Education Initiatives (GEI) and Graduate Enrollment Management (GEM) for the university. GEI includes Global Recruitment and Partnerships, the Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS), and Office of International Programs. GEM includes Graduate Recruitment & Admissions, Systems, and Data Analysis & Assessment teams. She is originally from Hawaii and relocated to Las Vegas in 2003. She completed both of her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UNLV.
Prior to her current role, she had been with the Graduate College since 2007, most recently serving as the Assistant Dean for Admissions & Enrollment Management overseeing the Graduate College Welcome Center, Recruitment & Admissions, and Retention, Progression, & Completion teams.