I am delighted to serve as our university’s interim executive vice president and provost. In this role, I am the institution’s chief academic officer, overseeing all aspects of our academic mission. I also work closely with President Keith E. Whitfield in setting our strategic priorities and ensuring that we are working every day to fulfill our responsibilities to our students and alumni, our faculty and staff, and our community at large.
Over 3,900 dedicated faculty and staff help us to enrich the lives of more than 31,000 students who choose UNLV. They strengthen the communities we serve through research and scholarship, clinical services, creative activities, professional services, and other engagement. I am honored to be a member of this team.
The contributions of our faculty and staff continue to propel us to greater heights of excellence. Having achieved the R1 designation for “very high research activity” from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, UNLV is now among the nation’s top 3 percent of all higher education institutions for research. We have also attained the prestigious Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement, which is considered the highest standard of recognition for a university’s civic efforts.
Additionally, for several years in a row, we have been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top universities in the country for diversity. This means that students at UNLV are more likely than at other universities to meet people from different backgrounds and cultures. This wealth of diversity gives our students a living laboratory in which to learn how to live and work productively with people who are different from themselves while they take on the broad and complex challenges of our day.
My office is the central coordinating body for academic, faculty, and student affairs at the university and leads a variety of strategic initiatives to advance our academic mission. Our leadership team consists of deans, vice provosts, and vice presidents who are committed to empowering our faculty and staff to do the important work of the university each day. We are guided by a shared understanding that our success as a team and as an institution should be judged by the success of those whose lives we touch.
As always, we have more work to do but also much to celebrate about UNLV and our shared accomplishments. I look forward to our continued partnership as we strive to realize UNLV’s full potential.