Acting President Marta Meana
Acting UNLV President Marta Meana has served in many roles during her 20-plus years at UNLV. A licensed clinical psychologist and top researcher in her field, Meana is also a respected administrator, teacher, advisor, and mentor. She was appointed acting president of UNLV by the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents, effective July 1, 2018.
A professor of psychology at UNLV since 1997, Meana was named dean of UNLV’s Honors College in 2012 and previously served as senior advisor to the university president.
Since Meana arrived as dean of UNLV’s Honors College, enrollment in the select program has more than tripled. The Honors College attracts top undergraduates from Nevada and throughout the nation and is a partner with discipline colleges at the university in which Honors students pursue academic majors.
A renowned scholar in the field of clinical psychology, Meana’s groundbreaking research has reshaped clinical approaches to women’s health and human sexuality. She has published two books and close to 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.
Meana has earned multiple university, state and national awards during her career, including a Nevada Regents Excellence in Teaching Award, Nevada Senatorial Recognition for Teaching, UNLV Distinguished Teaching and Graduate Academic Advisor awards, the James Makawa Award for outstanding contributions in psychology, and the Masters and Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award.
Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois
Desiree Reed-Francois took over as the director of athletics at UNLV, effective June 1, 2017. She oversees all aspects of the athletics program, including general operations, fiscal affairs, facilities, strategic planning and external relations. She will also become the first Hispanic female athletics director at the FBS level.
Reed-Francois has more than two decades of leadership experience as an athlete, attorney and athletics administrator and is considered one of the profession’s rising stars. At Virginia Tech since 2014 as executive associate athletic director and later deputy athletic director, Reed-Francois served as second-in-command to the athletics director and was responsible for external relations and day-to-day operations for 22 sports, more than 600 student-athletes, and 14 facilities. She served as second-in-command to the athletics director as Virginia Tech since 2014 and was responsible for external relations and day-to-day operations for 22 sports, more than 600 student-athletes, and 14 facilities. An administrator with an eye toward balancing the complex external and internal facets of a Power Five athletics department, Reed-Francois partnered on budget development for all athletics units at Virginia Tech, prepared the department’s facilities master plan, redesigned fundraising strategy, and revitalized the university’s student-athlete success program.