About David B. Ashley

David B. Ashley

David B. Ashley - Eighth President, UNLV (2006-2009)


Dr. David B. Ashley served as the eighth president of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas from July 2006 to July 2009.

Prior to coming to UNLV, President Ashley served as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of California, Merced and held the Shaffer-George Chair in Engineering. He has also served as Dean of Engineering at The Ohio State University and has held Civil Engineering faculty positions at the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Ashley’s principal research and teaching activities are in the area of construction project planning, focusing primarily on risk analysis and management of large-scale, complex projects. His recent studies have addressed innovative project financing and new project procurement approaches.


His work with this field has brought him recognition as a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator and from the American Society of Civil Engineers with the 2004 Peurifoy Construction Research Award, the 1992 Construction Management Award and, in 2007, election to Distinguished Member status. In October 2008, Dr. Ashley was inducted into the National Academy of Construction. In 2000, Chalmers University in Sweden recognized Dr. Ashley’s academic contributions by awarding him an honorary doctorate.


  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering — Construction Engineering and Management, Stanford University
  • M.S. in Engineering — Economic Systems, Stanford University
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering — Project Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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