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Public Reception for New UW President Aug. 11 in Rock Springs

August 3, 2016
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UW President Laurie Nichols

Sweetwater County residents will have an opportunity to meet new University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols during a public reception Thursday, Aug. 11, in Bunning Hall at the Freight Station in Rock Springs.

The event will begin with a 6:30 p.m. community hamburger barbecue, followed by a 7 p.m. “meet-and-greet” and then 7:30 p.m. remarks by the president. There also will be an opportunity to ask her questions.

The Aug. 11 event is part of a trip to Sweetwater County that will include a stop at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs to meet with faculty and staff members, and a meeting with members of the WWCC Board of Trustees in Green River.

During her first months in office, Nichols has been spending a day or two of each week traveling around the state to meet with citizens, community college and public school leaders, legislators, alumni, media and others.

“I’m having a wonderful time getting around the state to meet with people and hear their thoughts and expectations for Wyoming’s university,” says Nichols, who began her duties as president May 16. “This is a crucial time for the state and UW, and input from the public is important to make sure the university fulfills its land-grant mission of education, research and service to the entire state.”

Nichols came to UW from South Dakota State University, where she has served as provost and executive vice president since 2009. Before that, she was dean of the SDSU College of Education and Human Sciences from 1994 to 2008. She began her career in higher education as a member of the faculty of the University of Idaho from 1988 to 1994.

Nichols was born and raised in South Dakota. A first-generation college graduate, she received a bachelor’s degree in education from South Dakota State in 1978. She then earned a master’s degree in vocational and adult education from Colorado State University in 1984 and a Ph.D. in family and consumer sciences education from Ohio State University in 1988.


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