Spotlight: 2017 College of Education Alumna of the Year

Tina Kunzer-Murphy, UNLV Athletic Director and College of Education alumni honoree on February 13, 2017. (R. Marsh Starks / UNLV Creative Services)

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Tina Kunzer-Murphy has been a fixture in the Southern Nevada sports community for more than four decades. On July 1, 2013, she added another accomplishment to her long and varied career as she began serving as UNLV Interim Director of Athletics. The move marked two major milestones as Kunzer-Murphy became both the first woman and the first alumni to run the department. She was later named to the post permanently.

Graduating first with her bachelor’s in physical education in 1975 and returning in 1977 to complete her master’s in education from the College, Kunzer-Murphy says she is a proud graduate of UNLV because “[her] education has given [her] so many opportunities.”

UNLV Alumni Association President Patrick Smith presents Tina Kunzer-Murphy with the 2017 College of Education Alumni of the Year Award at the April 26 Recognition Event

“I am eternally thankful to all of the professors, family, and friends who helped me get my degrees,” said Kunzer-Murphy. “UNLV has always told me ‘yes’ when so many said ‘no.’ What a gift it has been—thank you!”