UNLV President Search Committee Recommends Dr. Keith Whitfield

The ad hoc UNLV President Search Committee on Wednesday recommended Dr. Keith Whitfield, provost of Wayne State University, to be UNLV’s 11th permanent president.

The Board of Regents are scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. Thursday to make their decision. The meeting will be live streamed here nshe.nevada.edu.


Keith Whitfield

 Keith Whitfield

Dr. Keith Whitfield is the Provost and Sr. Vice President of Academic Affairs and a Professor of Psychology at Wayne State University. Previously, he was vice provost for academic affairs at Duke University, and held appointments as professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, research professor in the Department of Geriatric Medicine at Duke University Medical Center, and senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. He also was the co-director of the Center on Biobehavioral Health Disparities Research. He received a Bachelors in Psychology from the College of Santa Fe and Masters and Ph.D. degrees in life span Developmental Psychology from Texas Tech University and did post-doctoral work in quantitative genetics at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

As Provost, he is responsible for faculty hiring, promotion and tenure, and budget and policies for the more than 2600 faculty and staff. He is also responsible for student affairs including student success, curriculum, the dean of students, housing and other student related auxiliaries.

He has been a continuously funded researcher through NIA, NIH, and NSF with projects totaling more than $15 million. He has authored or co-authored over 200 journal articles, books and book chapters. His current research focuses on the relationship between stress and longevity in African American families.