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August 14, 2014 — A longtime Casper-based faculty member and administrator will serve as interim director of the University of Wyoming at Casper during the search for a new director.
Scott Seville, associate dean in the UW Outreach School and a professor of zoology and physiology, received the interim appointment from UW Outreach School Dean Susan Frye following the resignation of Brent Pickett, who had served as UW-Casper director since 2005. As an associate dean, Seville oversees the network of UW Outreach School regional centers located at community colleges across Wyoming.
Pickett, a professor in the Department of Political Science, will return to the UW faculty and remain in Casper.
“Brent has been a first-rate director of UW-Casper and associate dean of the Outreach School. His skill and experience are appreciated not only by the Outreach School and his UW-Casper colleagues, but also by Casper College and the Casper community at large,” Frye says. “I’d like to thank him for his long and heartfelt commitment to UW-Casper, to the Outreach School, generally, and to the larger Casper community. In many ways, the new UU Building shared by Casper College and UW epitomizes Brent’s commitment, and will continue to do so as he returns to his research and teaching.”
In addition to his duties as an associate dean in the Outreach School and professor in the Department of Zoology and Physiology, Seville serves as program coordinator of the National Institutes of Health-funded Wyoming INBRE (Wyoming IDeA Networks for Biomedical Excellence) Program and directs the INBRE Community College Research Network, an undergraduate education and mentoring program at UW and all seven Wyoming community colleges.
Seville received his master’s degree in parasitology from UW in 1987 and his Ph.D. in zoology and physiology from UW in 1992. He has been a Casper-based faculty member since 1993.
During the coming year, the Outreach School will conduct a national search for a new associate dean and UW-Casper director. The search will provide opportunity for input from UW, Casper College and the community.
UW-Casper, with 40 full-time UW faculty and staff members, has about 800 students in 18 undergraduate and 12 graduate major programs. It operates out of the Casper College Student Union/University of Wyoming (UU) Building, a $32 million facility that opened last year, and is funded jointly by the two institutions.
University of Wyoming Professor Scott Seville works with student Nicolette Hanson in a chemistry lab at the University of Wyoming-Casper. Seville, associate dean in the UW Outreach School, will direct UW-Casper during the search for a new director. (UW Photo)