UNLV is pleased to announce the appointment of Joseph Miera as Vice Provost for the Division of Educational Outreach, effective September 1, 2017.
“Joseph brings to UNLV outstanding leadership experience in extended learning, distance learning, and educational outreach,” said Diane Chase, UNLV’s Executive Vice President and Provost.
Miera was the driving force behind his former institution’s efforts to increase early childhood services, while merging continuing education and distance learning. He reduced the newly combined division’s deficit and increased staff.
“Joseph has an impressive record of proven success,” Senior Vice Provost, Carl Reiber, said. “We are eager to welcome Joseph and have him join our efforts to enhance comprehensive, entrepreneurial and lifelong learning here at UNLV.”
Miera comes to UNLV from the University of New Mexico, where he served in a number of leadership roles over his 30-year career with the institution. Most recently, Miera served as Executive Director of its Extended Learning – Operations & Contracts Group since 2013. Prior to that, he served for a year as Interim Dean and Interim Executive Director of UNM’s Division of Continuing Education. Leading up to that, he served nine years as UNM’s Associate Dean of Operations and two years as the Associate Dean of Business. Additionally, he was the institution’s Director of Finance and Administration from 1990 to 2001 for the public television affiliate, a unit of the university. Miera’s work at UNM earned him numerous national awards and recognition, including two Gold Awards in 2016 from UPCEA, one for a writers-conference brochure, and one for a mixed media campaign for youth camps and classes. UPCEA is a leading association for professional, continuing, and online education.
Miera says he is eager to join UNLV and help elevate the institution to Top Tier recognition. “The local economy is very strong and this presents a great opportunity for the Division of Educational Outreach to extend the breadth of programming it provides into the community,” he said. “Our goal would be to continue to build credit and noncredit programs that meet the educational needs of the community.” In his new role, Miera said he plans to explore creating a 12-month continuing education campus, and to promote diversity and inclusion by “building programs of interest to the local diverse communities we serve.”
Miera exemplifies the values of lifelong learning. He is completing an Ed.D. in educational leadership. Miera holds a master’s degree in public administration from UNM and a bachelor of science in accountancy from Arizona State University.