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UNLV hired a new president to replace acting president Marta Meana. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The UNLV Board of Regents approved the hiring of Dr. Keith Whitfield as the new UNLV president. The 58 year old Whitfield comes to UNLV from Wayne State University in Detroit where he serves as a provost, senior vice president for academic affairs, and a psychology professor. Whitfield will become the first black president in UNLV’s history. He takes over on August 24 from acting president Marta Meana, who announced last February that she wouldn’t seek to stay in the position permanently. UNLV regents approved a four year contract worth $500,000 yearly for the new president.

Born in New York City but also consider myself a native of Detroit. Attended college at Michigan State University. Started radio career in Detroit in 1980. Moved to Vegas in 1989. Worked 14 years at KCEP 88.1 before getting hired at Beasley with 105.7 in 2014.