I am delighted to serve as the university’s interim executive vice president and provost. In this role, I serve as the university’s chief academic officer, overseeing all aspects of our academic mission. I also work closely with President Marta Meana in setting our strategic priorities and ensuring that we are working every day to fulfill our responsibilities to our faculty, our students, and our community.
Our 3,900 employees help us to enrich the lives of more than 31,000 students who choose UNLV, and strengthen the communities we serve through our scholarship, creative activities, professional services, and community engagement. I am so proud to be a member of this team.
Our successes are evident every day and in so many ways. We have employed research-based best practices in teaching and learning. We have emphasized the importance of research that tackles real-world problems. We’ve also engaged with the community through numerous community events and clinics that give our students training and experience as they provide a wide variety of services. As a result of these efforts, we are now among the nation’s top 3 percent of all higher education institutions for research, with an R-1 “very high research activity” designation from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Additionally, for two years in a row, we have been ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report for diversity. This means that students at UNLV are more likely than at any other university 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.
Our leadership team of deans and vice provosts understands that our mission is to support our faculty because it is they who do the important work of this university, and our success as a team and as an institution should be judged by the success of those whose lives we touch.
As always, there is more work to do but also so much to celebrate about UNLV and our broader community.