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Second UW Provost Finalist Set for Campus Visit

May 20, 2016

The second of three finalists for the position of provost/vice president for academic affairs at the University of Wyoming is scheduled to visit campus beginning Sunday.

Kate Miller, dean of the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University, will give a public presentation Tuesday, May 24, from 2-3:15 p.m. in the Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center auditorium. To learn more about her, go here.

Terence Parker, professor of mechanical engineering and former provost/executive president of Colorado School of Mines, spoke on campus Thursday.

Jeffrey Thompson, dean of the College of Science at the University of Nevada-Reno, will speak Friday, May 27, from 2-3:15 p.m. in the Berry Center auditorium. More information about him will be available online at a later date.

For each finalist, the public presentation caps more than two days of activities on campus, including meetings with President Laurie Nichols, the provost search committee, vice presidents, deans, the Faculty Senate and Staff Senate executive committees, students and others.

The presentations will be captured using UW’s WyoCast system, which will allow near-real-time viewing as well as archiving for later viewing. The WyoCast link for Miller’s public presentation is The link for Thompson’s presentation will be shared later.

In addition, Miller’s meeting with UW associate deans, directors and department heads -- scheduled at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, in Room 133 of the Classroom Building -- will be available through WyoCast by going to

The provost search committee welcomes input on each of the candidates. Those wishing to submit their evaluations of Miller may do so confidentially here.

The provost search process is similar to that used by the UW Board of Trustees in its selection of Nichols. The committee has sought input from campus constituencies and established desired qualifications and characteristics; has reviewed and interviewed applicants; and has arrived at a list of finalists. The president will recommend a selection to the Board of Trustees.

The provost/vice president for academic affairs is the second-ranking leadership position at the university. Current Vice President for Academic Affairs David Jones will return to his position on the faculty of the College of Health Sciences.

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