Historical Highlights



UNLV is chosen as a pilot school for the implementation of INtegrate, the initiative to replace and upgrade the student information systems for all institutions in the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE).  The new system will provide students more self-services capability and allow faculty and staff to meet students' needs for accurate and timely information.  The project is launched at UNLV in July 2008 with the Student Services modules scheduled to go live in September 2009.  UNLV's 10 year-old William S. Boyd School of Law moves from 100th to 88th place in U.S. News and World Report's annual best law school rankings.  The Board of Regents approves UNLV's initiative to create a second overseas satellite campus in the United Arab Emirates that would offer both bachelor's and master's degrees in hotel administration and hospitality as soon as spring 2010.  UNLV and partner NSHE institutions received $15 million from the National Science Foundation to investigate climate change and its effects on Nevada.  Greenspun Hall, UNLV's first building certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating systems is dedicated. 


UNLV celebrates its 50th Anniversary, beginning with the formal inauguration of Dr. David B. Ashley as the university’s eighth president.  Executive Vice President and Provost Neal Smatresk leads the president's new comprehensive planning process “Focus 50 to 100.” In conjunction with the 50th anniversary celebration, Professor Eugene P. Moehring publishes “The University of Nevada, Las Vegas: A History” chronicling the decisions and controversies that influenced the university during its formative years. Dr. Christine Clark is hired as UNLV’s first Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion. The new Ombuds Office, established to provide confidential, informal conflict resolution services to the university community, falls under her purview. President Ashley allocates $2 million in research awards to enhance campus research and scholarly efforts. A new multidisciplinary undergraduate degree program in Entertainment Engineering & Design is approved. The new Student Union and the Student Recreation and Wellness Center are inaugurated.



Dr. Carol Harter, UNLV’s longest serving president thus far, retires from the presidency of UNLV and assumes the role of executive director of the Black Mountain Institute, an international center dedicated to advancing literary and cross-cultural dialogue. Dr. Harter continues to provide leadership for the capital campaign, UNLV’s Invent the Future, bringing in more than $310 million towards the $500 million goal set for the end of 2008. Dr. David B. Ashley, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost of the University of California, Merced, becomes UNLV’s eighth president. The School of Dental Medicine graduates its first class. The William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration begins construction of the college’s first international campus in Singapore, accepting applications for fall 2006. Construction of the Science, Engineering and Technology building begins. The Barrick Lecture Series and the Performing Arts Center celebrate their 25th and 30th anniversary, respectively.



Construction of the new Moyer Student Union and the Student Recreation Center begins. The facilities will add nearly 320,000 square feet of program and recreation space for students. UNLV launches “Midtown UNLV,” a large-scale public-private partnership to redevelop the areas surrounding the campus designed to create a university district of restaurants, cafes, outdoor gathering places, small scale galleries, and residential/retail opportunities. Planning begins for a 640 acre campus in North Las Vegas. The Board of Regents approves Ph.D programs in Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Therapy and Public Affairs. UNLV offers 117 graduate programs, including 34 doctoral programs. Enrollment is 27,334.



The preschool moves to the new Lynn Bennett Early Childhood Education Center, benefiting from 30,000 square feet of playground space and 21,000 square feet of classroom and administrative space. The preschool accommodates up to 400 families, and employs 125 student assistants. The School of Dental Medicine screens patients for the school’s clinic, opening in the summer of 2004. The school’s orthodontic residency program is approved as part of a public/private partnership that includes the building of a new facility for clinical research at UNLV’s Shadow Lane Campus and a major scholarship program. UNLV’s new Division of Health Sciences houses three schools: Allied Health Sciences, Nursing, and Public Health. The Board of Regents approves Ph.D programs in Nursing and Radiochemistry. UNLV offers 106 graduate programs, including 30 doctoral programs. UNLV grants 133 law degrees and 48 doctoral degrees.



The William S. Boyd School of Law, with an enrollment of 454 students, is granted full accreditation and moves into its permanent home on campus—the newly renovated (former) James R. Dickinson Library. UNLV acquires the Shadow Lane Campus, the future home of the School of Dental Medicine, the Cancer Institute and other biomedical centers. The School of Dental Medicine welcomes an entering class of 76 students and receives initial accreditation. More than 3,600 degrees are conferred, including 35 doctoral degrees. Enrollment is 24,965.



UNLV receives a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Health and Human Services Administration for the University’s Cancer Institute and new Biotechnology Center. President Bush nominates Jay Bybee, a professor for the William S. Boyd School of Law, as assistant attorney general. Mr. Bybee is appointed to advise Attorney General Ashcroft on the constitutionality of legislation and executive orders. The Greenspun family pledges $9.7 million to build a new facility to house the university’s Greenspun College of Urban Affairs. A new 1,600-space parking garage opens.



The Beam Music Center, containing the Artie Shaw Music Collection, is completed. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching moves UNLV to the ranking of Doctoral/Research Universities-Intensive category. More than 3,300 degrees are conferred, including 31 doctoral degrees and 89 juris doctorates. Enrollment is over 23,000 students.



UNLV’s College of Liberal Arts receives a multi-million dollar pledge to create an Institute of Modern Letters and to endow a chair in Creative Writing. Nobel Prize-winning playwright Wole Soyinka is appointed to the newly created endowed chair. The Foundation Building and International Gaming Institute Building are completed. The library collection is moved to the completed 302,000 square foot Lied Library. The $55.3 million library, one of the most technologically sophisticated in the U.S., features hundreds of computer workstations and an automated storage and retrieval system.


Historical Highlights, 1951- 2007