Search Committee



  • Trevor Hayes, Search Committee Chair
  • Amy J. Carvalho
  • Cathy McAdoo
  • Laura E. Perkins
  • Rick Trachok

Advisory Committee Members

Institutional Advisory Members have been appointed to work in tandem with the Regents’ UNLV President Search Committee. The Advisory Members represent the many constituencies of the UNLV campus and community. The Advisory Members will advise the Regents on all matters to be considered by the Regents’ Committee.

Institutional Advisory Members:

  • Dr. Sajjad Ahmad, College of Engineering, UNLV
  • Mr. Jim Boyer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UNLV
  • Mr. Philip Burns, Student Affairs, UNLV
  • Dr. John Filler, Department of Early Childhood, Multilingual and Special Education, UNLV
  • Mr. Adam Garcia, Police Services, UNLV
  • Dr. Peter Gray, Graduate College, UNLV
  • Dr. Deborah Kuhls, Department of Surgery, UNLV School of Medicine
  • Dr. Noelle Lefforge, College of Liberal Arts, UNLV
  • Dr. Ann McDonough, Academic Success Center, UNLV
  • Mr. Sidath Kapukotuwa, GPSA Vice President
  • Mr. Joshua Padilla, CSUN President
  • Dr. Timothy L. Porter, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UNLV
  • Ms. Michelle Sposito, Equal Employment and Title IX, UNLV (Ex-Officio)
  • Mr. Mark Wiley, Alumni Association
  • Dr. Tony Alamo, Community Member/Nevada Gaming Commission
  • Ms. Diana Bennett, Community Member/UNLV Foundation Vice Chair
  • Senator Nicole J. Cannizzaro, Community Member/Nevada Legislature
  • Mr. Ken Evans, Community Member/Urban Chamber of Commerce
  • Mr. Peter Guzman, Community Member/Latin Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr. Carol C. Harter, Community Member/President Emerita
  • Mr. Dallas E. Haun, Community Member/Nevada State Bank (Advisory Role)
  • Mr. Kirk D. Hendrick, Community Member/Alumnus
  • Dr. Esther Langston, Community Member/Faculty Emerita
  • Mr. Greg McKinley, Community Member/UNLV Foundation Chair
  • Commissioner Michael Naft, Community Member/Clark County Commission
  • Mr. Jonas Peterson, Community Member/Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA)
  • Ms. Mary Beth Sewald, Community Member/Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • Mr. Renato “Sonny” Vinuya, Community Member/Asian Chamber of Commerce
  • Mr. Michael Yackira, Community Member/UNLV Foundation Trustee

Search Consultants (Wheless Partners)

  • Michael Ballew
  • Scott Watson
  • Mike Wheless, Jr.


The committee discusses the essentials of a presidential search, including the preparation of a leadership statement, the methods used to generate and screen applicants, interviewing and checking references of semifinalists, interviewing finalists, arranging on-campus visits and making a recommendation to the full Board of Regents.

The meetings are posted as announced on the main page.

Deadline for applications

  • Friday, February 7, 2020

Candidate On-Campus Forums