Chancellor John V. White

Chancellor John V. White
The chancellor is appointed by the Board to serve as the NSHE’s chief executive officer. The chancellor works closely with the Regents and presidents to develop NSHE strategies and implement Board policies.

John Valery White became acting chancellor for the Nevada System of Higher Education in June 2016. He previously served as a strategic advisor to the president of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and as a professor of law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

Mr. White was the second dean of the Boyd School of Law from 2007 to 2012, when he was named executive vice president and provost of UNLV.  He concluded that appointment on June 30, 2015, to serve as the president's strategic advisor.

Mr. White joined the Boyd School of Law from the Louisiana State University (LSU) Paul M. Hebert Law Center where he was the J. Dawson Gasquet Memorial Professor of Law. At LSU, he taught for 15 years and wrote and lectured about civil rights law. He was also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Insubria in Como, Italy, where he explored the role of civil rights law and multicultural theories in responding to globalism. He helped organize and direct a summer school in comparative law in Insubria and twice directed the LSU summer program in Lyon, France. 

Before teaching law, Mr. White was an Orville Schell Fellow at Human Rights Watch in New York City where he worked on prison and human rights practices in Egypt.

Mr. White serves on the Board of Trustees for the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) and is a member of the Governing Board for the University Medical Center (UMC). He is chairman of the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS), a nonprofit organization promoting collaboration among researchers, educators and industry leaders for the purpose of creating a safe climate for research on, and development of, the future of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) while protecting privacy and public safety.  

He serves on the ARC Board of Directors for Opportunity Village and is on the board for the Andre Agassi Foundation, as well as the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada.  

Mr. White served as a member of Governor Brian Sandoval’s Graduate Medical Education Task Force, which was charged with making recommendations to the Governor to expand and improve Nevada’s graduate medical education programs.

He received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1991, where he was a Notes and Topics Editor for the Yale Law Journal and participated in the Jerome N. Frank Legal Service Organization.

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