Dr. Leonard M. (Len) Jessup joined UNLV as its 10th President of UNLV in January 2015. An accomplished leader in higher education, Jessup brings experience as a university professor, administrator, entrepreneur, and fundraiser. He will lead UNLV on its path to become a high-performing, community-engaged Tier One research university. Among his top priorities is the development of the UNLV School of Medicine. Like many of UNLV’s students, Jessup was the first in his family to graduate from collgee. This experience informs his understanding of the crucial role universities play in transforming families and communities, and it has been a motivating factor in his career in higher education leadership.
Prior to UNLV, Jessup served as dean of the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona (2011-2014), where he was also professor of entrepreneurship and innovation and the Halle Chair in Leadership. He led Eller to become a self-sustaining college with higher national rankings that robustly contributes to the state’s economic development. As a foundingboard member of the University of Arizona Health Network, he also contributed to the rethinking and restructuring of the university’s academic medical center. Prior to returning to his alma mater he held numerous positions at Washington State University including business school Dean, Vice President of University Development and President of the WSU Foundation, head of the entrepreneurship program, head of the information systems program, holder of the Philip L. Kays Distinguished Professorship in Information Systems, and holder of the Markin Endowed Chair in Business Leadership. Prior to that, he was a tenured professor in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. His research is aimed at helping people better understand, commercialize, and manage emerging technologies and other innovations. Jessup is a leading researcher in management information systems, with a focus on the use of emerging technology in higher education and business, new venture strategies, and social entrepreneurship. He was instrumental in creating the University of Arizona’s technology transfer and commercialization program, Tech Launch Arizona. He led the development and expansion of online degree and executive education programs at Arizona and helped drive similar innovations in previous positions at Washington State University (2000-2011) and Indiana University (1995-2000).
He is a member of the board of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber and the board of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance. He is also Co-Founder and currently serves as an Advisor for Executive Advisory Partners (XAP) in Seattle, WA.