New UNLV President Keith Whitfield discusses job

New UNLV President Keith Whitfield described his first month on the job as “drinking from a fire hose.”

In July, the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Board of Regents voted to hire Whitfield — following a search committee’s unanimous recommendation — under a four-year contract. He started on the job Aug. 24, the first day of the fall semester, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

UNLV — which has about 31,000 students and R1 research status by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for “very high research activity” — is “such an incredibly complex organization,” Whitfield said in a Friday interview with the Review-Journal.

Whitfield said he’s “really just learning everything and not presuming anything” about what’s going on at the university. He said he has received a lot of support stepping into the position.

As the new president, “it’s trying to figure out how you take great to better,”

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