• The ElderCollege began offering continuing education opportunities for retirees.


  • The University of Nevada System (UNS) rebranded as the University and Community College System of Nevada (UCCSN).


  • The Reynolds School of Journalism building was completed and named after Donald W. Reynolds, a businessman and journalist whose support catalyzed the transition from department to school.


  • History professor Michael Coray was named the first Special Assistant to the President for Diversity to improve recruitment and retention of diverse students and faculty.


  • The University created the Honor Court to highlight the students, faculty, and donors with great impact to the University, both historically, and into the future.


  • Legacy Hall opened, housing the athletic department under one roof and capping $20 million in athletic facility improvements during the decade.
  • Wolf Pack Radio, a student-operated AM radio station, began broadcasting.


  • Nevada established the Millennium Scholarship for high achieving high school students.
  • The Fitzgerald Student Services Building opened.


  • On October 8, the University celebrated the inauguration of John Lilley as the 14th president.


  • Student enrollment surpassed 15,000.


  • A massive campus reorganization divided the College of Arts and Science into the College of Liberal Arts and College of Science.
  • The Mackay School of Mines merged into the College of Science as the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering.
  • The Latino Research Center opened its doors with initial startup funds from the United States Department of Education, supported by former U.S. Senator Harry Reid and Nevada Assemblywomen Sheila Leslie.
  • The student newspaper, Sagebrush, changed its name to The Nevada Sagebrush.


  • The University and Community College System of Nevada (UCCSN) was re-named the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE).
  • The Kennedy Index rated the University as the best in the nation overall for providing opportunities for women in sports.
  • The Redfield campus, a joint educational venture between Truckee Meadows Community College and the University opened.
  • The Tahoe Science Consortium, comprised of the Desert Research Institute, University of California, Davis, University of Nevada, Reno, U.S. Geological Survey, and the USFS Pacific Southwest Research Station, formed.


  • The University celebrated the inauguration of Milton D. Glick as the 15th president on September 29th.


  • The Joe Crowley Student Union construction finished, primarily paid for by the student body.
  • The ElderCollege became the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute(OLLI).
  • Hixson Softball Park opened on the site of the former Bishop Manogue High School to provide improved and dedicated playing and practice fields for women’s sports.


  • The Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center opened its doors and was one of the most technologically advanced libraries and campus technology services facilities in the country.
  • Marguerite Wattis Petersen Foundation Athletics Academic Center opened.
  • The Davidson Academy, a free public school for profoundly gifted young people, and the Black Rock Press opened in the Jot Travis Building, formerly the student union.
  • The Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station Greenhouse Complex opened on Valley Road.
  • The UNR Student Concrete Canoe team won both the regional and national competitions with their entry “Argentum.”
  • After several years of appearing as a magazine, the Artemisia changed its name to Insight Magazine.


  • The Davidson Mathematics and Science Center opened.
  • The Center for Molecular Medicine, housing the Whittemore Peterson Institute, opened.
  • The multi-institution Redfield campus launched the National Geothermal Institute.


  • The administration of Milton D. Glick closed with his death on April 16, and Provost Marc Johnson stepped in as interim president.


  • The University celebrated the inauguration of Marc A. Johnson as the 16th president of the University on September 28th.
  • Wolfie Jr. won the 10th Annual Capital One Mascot Challenge.


  • Demolition of the Getchell Library building made way for the William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center.
  • The Earthquake Engineering Laboratory, housing one of the world’s largest shake table experiential floors, opened.


  • NevadaFit completed the first campuswide freshman boot camp, after expanding from the successful BioFit the previous year.


  • The Innevation Center, a collaborative space designed to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship, opened in downtown Reno.
  • The University established the Museum District, featuring 12 diverse museums, galleries, and attractions, in and around campus.
  • Student enrollment surpassed 20,000.


  • The William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center opened.


  • The Wiegand Fitness Center opened.
  • The School of Community Health Sciences became an independent unit, and in 2021 rebranded as the School of Public Health.


  • The University attained the prestigious R1 status as measured by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Higher Education.


  • The University offered the first-ever Paiute language course.
  • The University Arts Building opened.
  • The School of Social Work separated from the Division of Health Sciences and became the first independent, free-standing School of Social Work in the state of Nevada.


  • In March, the University closed on-campus operations to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Faculty pivoted to online instruction.
  • The University celebrated the inauguration of Brian Sandoval as the 17th president on October 5th.


  • The University launched the Digital Wolf Pack Initiative to reduce digital inequity by providing iPads to all incoming first-year students.
  • Commencement was held in Mackay Stadium for the first time to recognize 8,350 graduates from 2020 and 2021 after exercises were canceled due to the pandemic.
  • A partnership agreement between the School of Medicine and Renown Health established the first fully integrated health system in Nevada and expanded clinical training and clinical research programs as well as access to clinical care for all Nevadans.
  • The University signed concurrent enrollment agreements with the Clark County and Washoe County School Districts, allowing high-school students to take university-level courses.
  • In August 2021, faculty and staff returned for in-person classes and experiences while the University managed the impact of COVID-19 on campus.


  • The University began operations at the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe on July 1st, after entering into an agreement to acquire Sierra Nevada University.
  • The University established the Office of Indigenous Relations, with Daphne Emm Hooper as the inaugural director.


  • President Sandoval held a ribbon-cutting for the Mathewson University Gateway District.
  • The Mackay Muckers Women’s Team won first place in the International Collegiate Mining Competition in Australia.
  • The Associated Students of the University of Nevada revived the Artemisia Yearbook.
  • On October 12th, the University formally kicked off its 150th Anniversary.
Exterior shot of the Reynolds School of Journalism.
The Reynolds School of Journalism
Special Collections and University Archives Photograph Collection, UNRA-P3600-08019.

Portrait of University President John Lilley.
University President John Lilley, 2001
Special Collections and University Archives Photograph Collection, UNRA-P3353-172.

Portrait of University President Milton Glick.
University President Milton Glick, 2006
Special Collections and University Archives Photograph Collection, UNRA-P3600-06784.

The Joe Crowley Student Union and Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center seen from above.
Aerial view of the Joe Crowley Student Union and Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
Special Collections and University Archives Photograph Collection, UNRA-P3429-0198.

Exterior view of the Center for Molecular Medicine.
Center for Molecular Medicine
Special Collections and University Archives Photograph Collection, UNRA-P3600-07666.

Outdoor portrait of University President Marc Johnson.
University President Marc Johnson, 2011
Special Collections and University Archives Photograph Collection, UNRA-P3600-01989.

Exterior view of the Pennington Student Achievement Center.
Pennington Student Achievement Center

Aerial view of the Weigand Fitness Center.
Sunset at Wiegand Fitness Center

Portrait of University President Brian Sandoval.
University President Brian Sandoval

iPads in boxes set out by the Mackay statue.
iPads by the Mackay statue for the Digital Wolf Pack Initiative

Exterior, wooded view of the Prim Library.
The Prim Library at the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe

The Mackay Muckers Women's Team sits on a pile of dirt in front of a mining cart. They are all covered in dirt.
The 2023 Women's Mackay Muckers Mining Team