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Richard McGinity

Richard McGinity (2013-2016)


Education D.B.A., Harvard Business School

M.B.A., Harvard Business School

B.A., Princeton University

The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees on Jan. 16 appointed Dick McGinity as the university’s 25th president.

UW Trustees appointed Dick McGinity as the University of Wyoming’s interim president on December 6, 2013. Prior to this appointment, Dr. McGinity fulfilled the duties of the president following the resignation of former UW President Bob Sternberg on November 14.  He did this in his capacity as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and pursuant to University Regulation 1-1.  The Board made this appointment with the support of the university’s Faculty Senate and the deans of the academic colleges. 

Dr. McGinity and his administrative team are working with Wyoming Governor Matt Mead and lawmakers to prepare for the Legislature’s 2014 budget session. The governor has recommended funding for a number of the university’s top priorities, including a pay raise to retain and recruit top UW employees; programmatic and capital facilities improvements for the College of Engineering and Applied Science; enhancement of information technology and classrooms for students; and partnerships with Wyoming community colleges. Dr. McGinity is also leading the development of the university’s strategic plan for 2015-2020, as process that involves all UW units and aims to establish priorities and lay out concrete steps to reach new levels of excellence in specific areas of teaching, research and service.

Dr. McGinity was appointed Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs in September 2013, and in this role he was responsible for the academic operations and employees of the University.  Dr. McGinity joined the UW faculty in 2007 as the Bill Daniels Chair of Business Ethics.  

In addition to serving as a UW faculty member in the College of Business, his public service includes over seven years as a director of the Wyoming Business Council, including Co-Chair in 2004-2005; three years as member of the finance committee of the Town of Wellesley, Massachusetts; and five years as a naval aviator during which he served in Viet Nam, earning two air medals.

Dr.  McGinity served on the research faculty of Harvard Business School where he wrote numerous case studies, co-authored (with Ray A. Goldberg) a book about economic development and agribusiness, and wrote his doctoral dissertation on competition in the meat packing industry from 1945 to 1960.

After earning his undergraduate degree from Princeton and graduate degrees (MBA, DBA) from Harvard, Dr. McGinity pursued a career in venture capital and private equity:  first as a partner in a Boston-based venture capital fund and then founder of a boutique investment banking firm which served owners of private firms seeking to build enterprise value through growth, acquisitions, and equity transactions.

Dr. McGinity has served on the boards of numerous privately-owned and publicly traded companies, most recently Canada Southern Petroleum Ltd., where as Chairman he led that company’s successful defense against a hostile takeover attempt by Petro-Canada.

Dr. McGinity maintains a residence in Crowheart, Wyoming.  He loves being in the wilderness on horseback and is a licensed professional guide.

Successor: Laurie Nichols

Predecessor: Robert Sternberg

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