Robert Levrant has been named the director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (OLLI at UNLV), an organization that provides a diverse range of learning and social opportunities for semi-retired and retired individuals.
“Rob brings to this position an exemplary background of collaboration and engagement with the senior population,” said Peg Rees, vice provost for Educational Outreach at UNLV. “His outcomes-based focus and relationship-building experience will be of great value as we strive to help seniors remain intellectually and socially active after retirement.”
Levrant previously held the position of neighborhood outreach specialist and planner for the City of Las Vegas for the past ten years. In that position, he had many roles and areas of responsibilities, including providing leadership to neighborhood outreach programs and establishing productive relationships among stakeholders and agencies. In addition, he assisted with the city's Senior Citizens Advisory Board. Levrant also has seven years of experience in higher education administration at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. He has a Bachelor of Science in Regional Planning and a Master of Arts in Student Affairs in Higher Education, both of which are from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
“I really love working with seniors and creating opportunities for others,” said Levrant. “This position allows me to be of greater service. OLLI at UNLV is a wonderful learning resource that we look forward to offering to diverse mature learners in more areas of the Las Vegas Valley,” he said.
OLLI at UNLV consists of nearly 1,500 members who attend and coordinate more than 200 classes offered in the fall, spring, and summer each year. Classes are held at the UNLV Paradise Campus as well as satellite locations in Henderson, Summerlin, and North Las Vegas. There are also a variety of additional activities offered, such as book discussion groups, visits to museums and local landmarks, and evenings at the Smith Center. OLLI at UNLV recently received a second $1 million gift provided by the Bernard Osher Foundation to promote the sustainability and long-term success of the program.