John Valery White

John Valery White

Acting Chancellor, Nevada System of Higher Education

Professor of Law

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Areas of expertise:

Race and Law, Employment Discrimination Law, Civil Rights


John Valery White was the second Dean of the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) from 2007 to 2012, when he was named Executive Vice President and Provost of UNLV.  He concluded that appointment on June 30, 2015 and served as a strategic advisor to the UNLV president until June 2016.  John Valery White is currently the acting chancellor for the Nevada System of Higher Education and professor of law at the Boyd School of Law.

John Valery White joined the Boyd School of Law from Louisiana State University (LSU) Paul M. Hebert Law Center where he was the J. Dawson Gasquet Memorial Professor of Law. At LSU, he taught for 15 years and wrote and lectured about civil rights law. He was also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Insubria in Como, Italy, where he explored the role of civil rights law and multicultural theories in responding to globalism. He helped organize and direct a summer school in comparative law in Insubria and twice directed the LSU summer program in Lyon, France. Before teaching law, he was an Orville Schell Fellow at Human Rights Watch in New York City where he worked on prison and human rights practices in Egypt.

John Valery White serves on the Board of Trustees for the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC).  He is a member of the Governing Board for the University Medical Center (UMC). John is Chairman of the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) which is a nonprofit organization promoting collaboration among researchers, educators and industry leaders for the purpose of creating a safe climate for research on and development of the future of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) while protecting privacy and public safety.  He serves on the ARC Board of Directors for Opportunity Village.  He is on the Board for the Andre Agassi Foundation, as well as the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada.   John served as a member of Governor Brian Sandoval’s Graduate Medical Education Task Force, which was charged with making recommendations to the Governor to expand and improve Nevada’s graduate medical education programs.

John Valery White received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1991, where he was a Notes and Topics Editor for the Yale Law Journal and participated in the Jerome N. Frank Legal Service Organization.

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