Touro University Nevada Appoints Dr. Raymond W. Alden III as Provost

Former UNLV executive returns to Las Vegas to lead academic, clinical and research activities at state’s largest medical school.
Jan 26, 2015

Touro University Nevada (TUN) is pleased to announce the appointment of Raymond W. Alden III, Ph.D., as Provost at the Henderson campus.

Dr. Alden comes to TUN from Northern Illinois University where he currently serves as Vice President for International Affairs. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President and Provost at Northern Illinois University from 2006 to 2013. Alden has strong ties to Southern Nevada having served in various capacities at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas from 1997 to 2006. From 2000 to 2006, he was Executive Vice President and Provost at UNLV and also served as Dean of the College of Sciences (1997-2000) and Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. He also held academic positions at Old Dominion University, the University of North Carolina, and the University of Florida.

Alden received a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Florida; and a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Sciences in Biology, minor in Chemistry from Stetson University. He also served for six years in the U.S. Army Reserves. Alden will start as Provost at Touro on April 1.

“I look forward to joining the leadership team of Touro University Nevada,” said Raymond W. Alden III, Ph.D. “I have been impressed by the energy, enthusiasm, and friendliness of the faculty and staff of Touro, as well as by the synergies between the academic, clinical, and research programs. There is a high degree of flexibility and innovation in responding to the needs of the students, the community, and the State. Nevada clearly needs the high quality health care and education professionals that TUN produces. This dynamic young institution is clearly ‘on the rise’ and it will be exciting to be part of its growth and development.”

Established in 2004, the university is home to more than 1,300 students in a wide range of degree programs including the state’s largest medical school, physician assistant studies, physical therapy, nursing, medical health sciences, occupational therapy, and education. Many of these programs are the first of their kind in Nevada. In addition to the ground-breaking programs offered, the university is home to the Touro University Nevada Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities and the newly expanded Touro Health Center.

“I am absolutely delighted that Ray Alden has agreed to come to Touro University Nevada as Provost,” said CEO and Senior Provost, Shelley Berkley. “Dr. Alden knows our community and is a great leader in higher education. His experience and commitment to graduate education and research will help Touro continue to meet the needs of Nevada. As Touro grows, Dr. Alden will assist me in guiding our programs to address the health care and education needs for the state.”

About Touro University Nevada
Touro University Nevada (TUN) is a private, non-profit, Jewish-sponsored institution established to help address critical needs in health care and education and as a resource for community service in the state of Nevada. TUN opened its doors in 2004 and is now home to more than 1,300 students, in a wide variety of degree programs including osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies, education, nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy. The university’s Henderson campus includes a multi-specialty health center and a multi-disciplinary Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. For more information on TUN, please visit or call 702- 777-8687.

About the Touro College and University System
Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 19,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has branch campuses, locations and instructional sites in the New York area, as well as branch campuses and programs in Berlin, Jerusalem, Moscow, Paris and Florida. New York Medical College, Touro University California and its affiliate Touro University Nevada, as well as Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to:

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