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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Nancy Rapoport Named Senior Advisor to the President

The following message was distributed by UNLV President Donald Snyder to the UNLV campus: 

I am pleased to announce that Professor Nancy Rapoport has been appointed Senior Advisor to the President. Since arriving at UNLV seven years ago, Nancy has contributed to the university in many ways. In addition to being a faculty member, she currently serves as the Leadership Development Academy Coordinator, was interim Dean of the Boyd School of Law in the 2012-13 academic year and recently served on the Strategic Planning Team for the Lee Business School. Nancy’s academic career spans more than two decades, where she has served as dean of law schools for two other institutions and previously worked as a law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for a major multinational law firm. In her final year as Dean at the University of Houston Law Center, she led an in depth strategic planning analysis to better position the law school for the future. Nancy’s field of expertise has been “legal ethics” across a broad spectrum ranging from bankruptcy to corporate governance, as well as law firm behavior and the depiction of lawyers in popular culture. She is admitted to the bars of the states of California, Nebraska, Ohio, Texas and Nevada, and to the United States Supreme Court. In 2012, Nancy was elected to the membership in the American Law Institute. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

In her role as Senior Advisor, Nancy will be the President’s point person for the Tier One initiative working with the various constituencies to ensure a collaborative process while maintaining the focus of achieving our goal. She will also provide strategic leadership and vision to ensure the President’s commitment to shared governance is at the forefront of planning and decision making processes. As a member of the President’s Cabinet, Nancy will consult with the President’s leadership team on a wide variety of issues and provide a faculty perspective to the discussions. She will also collaborate with institutional constituencies to ensure a comprehensive and inclusive approach to diversity, and support the recruitment, retention and success of faculty. Nancy will also develop and present institutional reports and assist with special projects as needed. She will continue to be an active faculty member.