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UW Trustees Approve Presidential Search Committees

July 15, 2015

Two committees composed of University of Wyoming trustees, students, faculty and staff members, and UW Foundation representatives, in addition to members of the public, have been appointed to narrow the expected list of candidates in the search for a new UW president.

The UW Board of Trustees voted today (Wednesday) to approve the appointments to the two search committees, as the board prepares to begin advertising for applicants for the UW presidency.

The first committee will review applications and identify a list of 10-15 candidates who warrant further consideration. Its members are trustees Jeff Marsh of Torrington (chair), Dave True of Casper, Mike Massie of Laramie, Michelle Sullivan of Sheridan and Mel Baldwin of Afton; Associate Professor Deborah McGriff of the College of Education; Law Professor Jacquelyn Bridgeman, who has served as interim dean of the College of Law; Noah Hull, doctoral student in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Susan Manown, who’s pursuing law and Master of Business Administration degrees at UW; Kelly Wiseman, staff assistant in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Mark Gunnerson, control specialist in the UW Physical Plant; UW Foundation board member April Brimmer Kunz; Susan Stubson of Casper; and John Turner of Moose.

The second committee will interview the candidates forwarded by the first committee and select three to five finalists to come to campus for public forums and interviews. Its members are trustees Dave Bostrom of Worland (chair), John McKinley of Cheyenne, Dick Scarlett of Jackson, John MacPherson of Saratoga and Wava Tully of Lusk; Professor Cynthia Weinig of the Departments of Botany and Molecular Biology, and the Program in Ecology; Professor Jason Shogren of the Department of Economics and Finance; law student Joel Defebaugh, a former president of the Associated Students of UW; Brian Schueler, current ASUW president; Josh Decker, manager of UW Real Estate Operations; Rachel Stevens, data and communications manager in the School of Pharmacy; UW Foundation board member Greg Hill; Lynne Cheney of Jackson; and Lynne Boomgaarden of Cheyenne.

“The Board of Trustees believes these members are highly qualified to review the candidates and will do a great job,” board President Dave Palmerlee says. “We appreciate their commitment and willingness to serve.”

This Friday (July 17), the Board of Trustees is scheduled to interview representatives of three consulting firms and select one to assist with advertising the position and recruiting candidates. The consulting firm will work in conjunction with former trustee Brad Mead, whom the board appointed today to work with the committees and the board to contact individuals to either apply for the position or assist with recruiting.

The board plans to begin advertising the position in August, with a preferred application deadline of Dec. 1. Names of applicants will be confidential until the list of finalists is released, with public forums expected in late January to mid-February. The full board intends to then interview the finalists and select the new president by the end of February.

Also today, the board approved a presidential profile and an announcement of the position opening, documents that will be used in advertising, and to make potential candidates aware of the desired qualifications and expectations for the next president. The documents may be viewed here and here.

The board continues to accept public comments about the presidential search via email at For complete information about the presidential search, go to

In March, President Dick McGinity recommended that trustees initiate a search for a new president to succeed him at the conclusion of his contract in summer 2016.

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