Interim Executive Director
Sue DiBella directs the university’s Office of Community Engagement, working to support, facilitate, and promote collaboration, partnership, and engagement between the university and its many constituent groups. Previous to leading the Office of Community Engagement, DiBella served as the director of communication and planning for the UNLV Division of Research and Economic Development for 10 years, during which she founded UNLV Innovation, the university’s first research magazine. Previously, she served in the UNLV News and Public Information Office, where she held various positions, including assistant director and founding editor of UNLV Magazine. Early in her career, she worked as a journalist for the now-defunct Valley Times newspaper and served as a part-time public speaking and news writing instructor at UNLV. DiBella holds both a master’s and bachelor’s degree in communication studies from UNLV. Her scholarly interests include the effectiveness of research communication and media coverage of science. She is the lead author of a scholarly article on scientists’ reasons for consenting to media interviews and is co-editor of the book, Implementing a Comprehensive Research Compliance Program: A Handbook for Research Officers.