Marcia Turner, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor of Health Sciences
Phone: (702) 889-8426
Fax: (702) 889-8492
Marcia L. Turner serves as vice chancellor for health sciences where she is responsible for promoting the collaboration and advancement of more than 230 health sciences degree and certificate programs throughout the eight institutions of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE). She has been with the Health Sciences System (HSS) since its inception in 2006.
Turner manages the planning and development activities of the organization, including fostering the development of NSHE health sciences programs, facilitating the development of partnerships with external health care stakeholders and working to help secure additional resources to support these critical health professional education programs throughout Nevada. Her extensive governmental and donor relations efforts have yielded over $11 million to support HSS initiatives. Turner has also overseen the design and development of a $115 million state-wide capital improvement project that would add critical educational, training and research facilities in northern and southern Nevada.
Turner also serves as chair of the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board Health Care and Medical Services Sector Council and provides oversight and guidance in support of the Governor’s mission to bring key stakeholders together to discuss, develop and implement strategies to best meet Nevada’s workforce needs.
Prior to joining NSHE, Turner served as an administrator at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, and has worked extensively with local governmental agencies in Nevada and California, managing various strategic planning initiatives as well as operational and infrastructure development initiatives.
Turner completed a National Health Fellowship Program with the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems. She holds a bachelor's in communications and philosophy from the University of San Diego, a master's in communications from UNLV and a doctorate in environmental science, with an emphasis in environmental policy and management, also from UNLV.