New Face: Jason Wasden

While not new to campus, alum Jason Wasden, ’05 BS Company Administration – Management, ’09 Master of Public Administration, ’12 PhD Public Affairs, says his existing job fits well with his administrative objectives. Eventually he hopes to include teaching and research study to his work combination.


For lots of reasons, however the most crucial is due to the fact that it was my very first choice. I have a journal from when I was young, and among the questions is “Where do you wish to live when you grow up?” My response to that concern was Las Vegas.

Exactly what about UNLV strikes you as different from other locations you have worked?

Las Vegas knows ways to handle crowds, eliminate the old, and construct the new. Development in Las Vegas knows no bounds, and the university here is no exception.

Where did you grow up and what was that like?

I was born in Provo, Utah, but my roots are from St. George (Utah) and Las Vegas.

Most of my youth memories are from Twin Falls, Idaho. My father was a Marine. My household traveled a lot in my early years from Pensacola, Florida, to Fallbrook, California. The nine years we spent in Twin Falls when my father was in the Reserves were amazing. I had sort of a Tom Sawyer life– strolling the streets of the city, arranging after school basketball video games at I.B Perrine Elementary, tubing in Rock Creek Park, driving away in the Snake River Canyon, searching, fishing, and rafting the Idaho rivers.

After he was honorably discharged, my dad became an electrician, and we transferred to St. George to assist construct the Walmart distribution center. My daddy wired all the lights you see during the night from I-15 on the filling docks. Moving throughout high school was a huge change for me, but it was nice to be close to household.

What inspired you to get into your field?

College is my passion. One of my goals is to teach, research study, and supervise in public policy. It was the factor I studied and graduated with a Ph.D. in public affairs. My shift into the office of federal government affairs gave me the administrative house I was looking for. I wish to find an academic home too.

Exactly what is the greatest obstacle in your field?

Report versus reality. Typically individuals make presumptions before they hear all the truths. Being able to discover the truths and interact honestly what is happening despite whether they are viewed to be great or bad is the difficulty.

What was your previous job at UNLV and how does your present job vary from that a person?

Formerly, I worked for the School of Dental Medication in financing and administration. The most significant distinction is not having an earnings stream from medical activity. My current position is more about relationships and assisting people make connections.

Exists something individuals on campus can do to make your task much easier?

We are a small workplace when you compare us to other federal government affairs groups at other scholastic organizations. It would be incredibly practical to know which UNLV professors and personnel have connections in Washington D.C., and Carson City. Understanding who has what relationships with whom is invaluable to us, particularly as we move on in the Leading Tier initiative.

Exactly what is something people would be amazed to discover you?

I am a professional at paddling a canoe. I can manage the boat by paddling on one side.

Tell us about somebody you admire.

Living, it would be my daddy. He keeps going no matter who or what challenges have actually come his method. Dead, it would be Jesus Christ and the prophet Joseph Smith. Anybody willing to crave their convictions deserves appreciation.

Activities or hobbies?

Spending time with my family and swimming. I swim one mile every day.

Tell us about a time in your life when you have actually been bold.

I have always been bold when it comes to seeking adventure. I have treked the Grand Canyon rim to rim in one day with my grandfather who was in his 70s and cousins varying in age from 8 to 16.

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