By Joseph Vaughn Photos By Su Phelps
Dr. Lonnie Wright, Educator, Businessman, Running Rebel Basketball Star.
Professor Lonnie Wright has been a major influence in the lives and fortunes of Southern Nevadans since the early 70’s. As a star for the Running Rebels basketball program he helped Coach Jerry Tarkanian lead the program to national prominence. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree from the UNLV Hotel Administration program, a Masters in Secondary Education and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from UNLV, Dr. Wright has gone on to a storied career as an Instructor in the Hotel Administration Department at UNLV, former associate Vice President and Dean Of the Hospitality Institute. Dr. Wright is currently a tenured Professor of Hospitality Management at College of Southern Nevada. As a domestic and international consultant in Hospitality and Gaming, he has been recruited by Detroit to train the Gaming Unit for the impending opening of Gaming in Detroit.