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October 31, 2013 — The dean of the University of Wyoming’s College of Law, Stephen Easton, has submitted his resignation effective Nov. 15.
UW President Bob Sternberg says he was unable to persuade Easton to remain in the position he has held since 2009. The president says the university plans to act quickly to name an interim dean to assure continued strong leadership for the College of Law.
“I am sorry that Dean Easton felt a need to resign,” Sternberg says. “The law school is one of the university’s top points of pride, and we will work to make sure that remains the case for both the short and long term.”
Sternberg this week began soliciting nominations for an advisory task force he plans to create to provide input on the College of Law. Members will include people from the Wyoming and regional legal communities, the Faculty Senate, representatives of the College of Law, and other stakeholders.
“I will ask the task force to look at how we serve the state with regard to energy, natural resources, water and environmental law, but its work will not be limited to those areas,” Sternberg says.
The president emphasizes that the task force will have only an advisory role, and that it will have broad-based participation. He invites nominations for the group from the law school, across the state and beyond.
“The task force’s purpose will be to offer ideas on how the College of Law can be the best it can be,” Sternberg says. “It will then be up to the law school and the university to implement those recommendations that we believe fit with the needs of the university and the state.”
The president says the College of Law task force is an example of just one of the methods he and other UW leaders are using to seek input on the university’s performance.
“In the process of trying to help UW optimize on its accomplishments in service to the state, we are seeking external as well as internal feedback on all aspects of the university,” he says.