Each year, the UNLV Foundation Annual Dinner celebrates individuals and organizations that advance UNLV’s mission through their private support. At the dinner, the UNLV Foundation honored Switch CEO and founder Rob Roy with the Palladium Award, which recognizes those who have reached, and exceeded, the $1 million mark in philanthropic giving to UNLV. Thanks to Roy’s generosity, and a collaboration he spearheaded with Intel, UNLV has access to staggering computational capacity with the Cherry Creek II supercomputer and an ultra-advanced, private fiber connection to Switch and its more than 1,000 global partners. Roy’s philanthropy has helped make UNLV one of the most connected campuses on the planet, putting it among the ranks of MIT, Stanford, Purdue and the University of Texas. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval recognized Roy’s contributions onstage alongside UNLV President Len Jessup.  Emmy Award-winning journalist and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper was the keynote speaker for the evening.


Rob and Stella Roy with Anderson CooperRob Roy, with wife Stella, honored by UNLV Foundation


TOP PHOTO: The UNLV Foundation Annual Dinner, Gov. Brian Sandoval, UNLV President Len Jessup, Rob Roy(photo: Aaron Mayes / UNLV Photo Services)