Shelley Berkley, Senior Vice President of Touro University
Shelley Berkley, Senior Vice President of Touro University

Sr. Vice President Shelley Berkley Announces Retirement

Berkley to retire after nearly a decade of leadership with Touro that includes an impressive roster of career accomplishments, significant impact on Southern Nevada’s higher education and healthcare landscape.
Jun 9, 2023

Touro University Nevada, home to Nevada’s largest medical school, announces the retirement of Shelley Berkley, Senior Vice President of the Touro University system. Remaining in her role through June 30, Berkley will finish her tenure at Touro after nearly a decade of leading Touro University Nevada through remarkable growth, innovation, and impact.

A resident of Las Vegas for nearly 60 years, Berkley has served as Senior Vice President of the Touro University system since July 2022, after being promoted from CEO and Senior Provost of Touro’s Western Division, a position she held for more than eight years. During Berkley’s tenure as CEO and Senior Provost, Touro University Nevada expanded its medical school and physician assistant studies class sizes. Both programs are the largest of their kind in the state of Nevada. She was also one of four individuals honored for their lasting contributions to the Touro University system during Touro’s 50th anniversary gala in New York City in December.

Berkley’s most notable accomplishments at Touro University Nevada include:

“It has been one of the honors of my life to have been a part of the Touro University family for the past nine years,” Berkley said. “I have witnessed Touro’s impressive evolution as our state’s largest medical school, attracting talented students from around the country who are eager to make an impact on our community through healthcare and education. I am incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to help guide Touro and look forward to seeing what’s next for this remarkable institution.”

Prior to joining Touro, Berkley served the State of Nevada in the United States House of Representatives from 1999 to 2013. She was the first woman elected to Congress from the 1st Congressional District that includes most of the city of Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Strip and the city of North Las Vegas. She served seven consecutive terms. Prior to serving in Congress, Berkley was a member of the Nevada State Legislature and an elected member of the University Board of Regents. In her professional career, Berkley, a practicing attorney, served as Deputy Director of the State Commerce Department, in-house counsel for Southwest Gas Corporation and Vice President of Government and Legal Affairs at the Sands Hotel and Casino.