Paul has a solid record of support for issues important to District 41
Police and firefighters
English language leaners
The LGBT community
High school student
I first visited Las Vegas in the summer of 1961. In 1968, I moved here as a professor of mathematics at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Forty years later in December, 2008, I retired. During those 40 years, I was Assistant to two UNLV presidents, Director of Summer Programs, and Dean of Continuing Education. On and off campus, I participated in a variety of programs that involved service to students, faculty, and all residents of Nevada.
In 2008, I was elected to the Nevada Assembly by the people of District 41. I was re-elected in 2010 and 2012. I served as Assemblyman from 2009 through 2014. Legislating expanded my involvement with community and emphasized the need for more education for all Nevadans.
EDUCATION IS FOR EVERYONE
Harvard - Bachelor's Degree
University of Arizona - Master's Degree
Arizona State University - Ph.D.
(All degrees are in Mathematics)
Education and learning do not stop with a degree - or even three! My continuing education is ongoing and diverse, including: a paralegal certificate; a course in dealing blackjack; The Citizens' Police Academy; introductory foreign language courses in Spanish, German, and French (and I am not fluent in any one of the three).
Economic growth depends on new ideas and education. A diverse population requires diverse educational opportunities.
Please see PAUL'S BIO.
FOR OUR TEENAGERS
With my wife, Sari, and son David, I co-founded CLASS! Publications. This much-loved, non-profit organization enriched education for over 40,000 local high school students and teachers each year for 16 years (1994-2010). CLASS! was a newspaper written by, for and about our teenagers. It was published in English and Spanish, and distributed free each month to every high school in Clark County. The School District said “CLASS! is our partner in education.” (Please see CLASS! on this website.)
FOR OUR SENIOR POPULATION
Learning in Retirement. As Dean, and with the help of interested seniors, I established UNLV’s popular program (now called OLLI) for semi-retired and retired Southern Nevadans. It has grown from 60 members to more than 1,300 active participants.
- Elderhostel (now Roads Scholars). I also led UNLV to join the national Elderhostel network, which arranges group travel for seniors, into and out of Las Vegas. This program brought more tourists to Las Vegas, seniors who may never have ventured here on their own.
FOR THE MILITARY
ROTC. Students at the community college who planned for a military career needed university level courses and a university degree to quality for officer status when they graduated. I worked with military personnel and UNLV committee members to get the required courses approved at UNLV for those students who transfered to UNLV from CSN.
Paul is a skilled manager of business budgets — public funds and private.
PUBLIC FUNDS MANAGEMENT
For most of the years 1974-2008, I was Director of the Summer Term, coordinating students' needs with faculty offerings. These courses made it possible for students to earn their degrees sooner.
For 13 years, I was Dean of the College of Extended Studies. This college included Continuing Education, Radiography, Physical Education courses, ROTC, computer courses, Paralegel training and many more. I evaluated and served the needs of Southern Nevada Students.
Under my leadership, these courses paid for themselves, never having to be bailed out. If surplus funds accumulated, most were used for need-based scholarships.
PRIVATE SECTOR EXPERIENCE
- I worked with Strip hotels and other local businesses in organizing conferences that brought people to Las Vegas. For example, the international conference on Packaging and Transporting Radioactive Materials (PATRAM) included government officials and scientists from all over the planet. This issue is of particular interest to local businesses as well as to all Nevadans.
- My wife, Sari, and I founded and operated a photography-based retail store in Las Vegas.
- For four years, I served as President of a local Homeowners Association, where I successfully managed and budgeted for the maintenance and improvement of the community property.
- Founding chair, Nevada Housing Center
- Grievance and Contract Administration training
- Paralegal training
- Outside agent for a local travel agency.
- Attending dealers school and dealing blackjack on the Strip
- Coordinated with the local medical community and hospitals to develop the radiography program at UNLV
NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION LEADERSHIP
- As co-founder of CLASS! — the above-mentioned non-profit education organization for local high school students — I initiated the financial operations and management policies that launched this community service. (Please see CLASS! on this website.)
- Foundation Board member, Las Vegas Ice Age Park, a major feature of the proposed National Monument in Las Vegas. (Please see COMMUNITY on this website.)
EDUCATION ORGANIZATIONS LEADERSHIP
- I was elected to serve as President and Treasurer of the Western Association of Summer Session Administrators (a distinguished higher education organization).
- Representing hundreds of UNLV teaching and research professors, I twice served as the Chair of the University's Faculty Senate.
- I was elected President of the statewide Nevada Faculty Alliance.
*Source: Press release from Conservative Leadership Conference
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