As the Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Kevin Carman oversees the University's six colleges, Division of Health Sciences, Division of Extended Studies and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. Dr. Carman was appointed to the role by President Marc Johnson in February 2013.
Dr. Carman isn't planning to spend all of his time behind a desk. As provost, a position often described as a university's chief academic officer, he will conduct a "listening tour" to get to know the people and places on campus.
"I have much to learn about the University, and my specific goals will come into focus as I learn more," Dr. Carman said. "I am very eager to get to know the University community and develop meaningful working relationships and friendships."
A number of items top Dr. Carman's to-do list and reflect the fundamental issues shared by higher education institutions, such as the challenge of increasing enrollment to reach a broader, more diverse student body while also improving graduation rates. Additional priorities are to facilitate and promote research with a particular emphasis on multidisciplinary research, and communicate the importance of the University and higher education in general to elected officials, civic and community leaders and citizens of Nevada.
"I enjoy advancing the mission of the University at a high level and having the opportunity to help colleges, departments and individual faculty fulfill their missions of providing outstanding educational and research opportunities for students," he said. "The University of Nevada, Reno is a great institution with a wonderful legacy, and I am excited to be part of what I see as a very bright future."
Dr. Carman previously served as dean of the College of Science at Louisiana State University, where he established boot camps and a Science Residential College for entering freshmen, a concept similar to the successful living-learning communities here at the University.
Dr. Carman has served in numerous leadership roles for regional, university and statewide higher-education and research-based initiatives. At the national level, he serves on the Education Committee of the American Institute for Biological Sciences, and he previously served as LSU's representative on the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors, affiliated with the National Council for Science and the Environment. Dr. Carman's research interests are in the area of marine ecology and ecotoxicology. He serves on the editorial board of International Scholarly Research Network Oceanography and previously served as subject editor for Aquatic Microbial Ecology. Dr. Carman is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He earned his undergraduate degree in biology from McPherson College in 1982, and he earned master's and doctoral degrees in biological oceanography from Florida State University in 1984 and 1989.