UNLV Names New Dean for Lee Business School

UNLV is pleased to announce Wm. Gerard (Gerry) Sanders, Ph.D., as the new dean for Lee Business School following a national search. He is currently dean and Bodenstedt chair of the College of Business at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), and takes his post at UNLV on Jan. 1, 2021.





“Gerry Sanders brings to UNLV outstanding experience as a leader and faculty member at another proud Hispanic-Serving Institution, where he led degree programs in their College of Business to top rankings,” said Chris Heavey, Interim Executive Vice President and Provost. “As someone who also has had a rich career in business, he understands what is required for graduates to succeed beyond the classroom.”

During his tenure at the University of Texas at San Antonio – where 70 percent of the student body identifies as minority and 50 percent as first-generation – Sanders improved the business school’s four-year graduate rate 126 percent and the six-year graduation rate 42 percent. He expanded tutoring, internship opportunities and professional development activities. He also raised more than $13.4 million for the school, increasing its total philanthropic support by 34 percent.

Sanders said UNLV’s standing as the only research university in one of the country’s great cities appealed to him, in addition to the diversity and excellence of Lee Business School. 

“Lee Business School is an engine of socio-economic development that transforms not only the lives of its students, but the region as well,” he said. “Based on the great momentum of the past decade, Lee Business School is now in a position to make quantum leaps in student success and brand reputation. It has the students that industry wants, the faculty who are committed to their success, and a community eager to engage and support the school.”

Lee Business School is one of the largest schools at UNLV with about 3,500 undergraduate students, 500 graduate students, 21,000 alumni. The school is among just 5 percent of business colleges and schools worldwide to hold international dual accreditation in business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the premier accrediting body for business and management education. 

At UNLV, Sanders said his priorities will align with the university’s core mission of student achievement.

“We will be working hard to remove barriers to timely graduation,” he said. “We will continue to advance faculty research and faculty diversity. We will also work with alumni, friends of the college, and the corporate community of Las Vegas to secure the funds for a new building, and significantly increase the number of student scholarships.”

Prior to joining UTSA in 2013,  Sanders had been a professor of strategic management at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business since 2008. Previously he led the Department of Organizational Leadership and Strategy at the Marriott School of Management at…

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