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October 15, 2013 — A University of Wyoming graduate whose 24-year career has included a variety of leadership positions in state government has been named UW’s vice president for administration.
Bill Mai, currently the senior economic adviser to Gov. Matt Mead and administrator of the state Economic Analysis Division, will begin his work at UW Nov. 6. He fills the position that has been vacant since spring 2012, when Doug Vinzant announced his resignation.
“I believe Bill will be an outstanding addition to the leadership team here at the University of Wyoming,” UW President Bob Sternberg says. “There are few who understand the economies and fiscal nature of the state better than he, and I look forward to working with Bill on our annual legislative requests as well as the day-to-day operations of the university.”
The vice president for administration is responsible for managing and directing the financial, operational and administrative services of the university and serves as the deputy treasurer of the Board of Trustees. The vice president oversees more than 400 staff members in the Division of Administration; manages an operational budget of $101.4 million; and oversees 785 acres on the Laramie campus, 149 campus facilities representing 5.9 million square feet, and additional property located throughout the state.
Mai graduated from UW with a bachelor’s degree in range management in 1987 and a master’s of business administration with an emphasis in economics in 1989. Before his current role in the governor’s office, Mai served as a legislative analyst, senior legislative analyst and manager of the Budget/Fiscal Division of the Legislative Service Office (LSO) and administrator of the Economic Analysis Division of the Wyoming Department of Administration and Information's Economic Analysis Division. He also has served as co-chairman of the Consensus Revenue Estimating Group (CREG), the team charged with forecasting state government revenue and earnings, and as lead staff to the Legislature’s powerful Joint Appropriations Committee. In these roles, he has helped guide the funding decisions related to operational and capital requests from UW, the state’s community colleges, and economic development agencies in the state.
“I'm excited to be part of the UW leadership team in this transition, excited to be moving to Laramie with my family, but I will greatly miss the privilege of working with the governor and his staff,” Mai says. “I feel incredibly fortunate to have this opportunity to come back to this town and institution.”