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UW President to Hold Listening Session in Gillette Dec. 8

December 1, 2016
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UW President Laurie Nichols

University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols and other UW leaders will visit Gillette Thursday, Dec. 8, to solicit input on a strategic plan to guide the university for the next five years.

The listening session is scheduled from 7:15-8:45 a.m. in the UW offices at Gillette College, Main Building, Room 167, 300 W. Sinclair St. It is one of 10 such meetings scheduled around the state.

“These sessions are for us to hear from the people of Wyoming about their land-grant university,” Nichols says. “Creating a strong five-year plan is so important as it sets priorities and indicates areas of focus. I want to be there personally to listen to people’s hopes and dreams for Wyoming’s university, as well as the obstacles to achieving those dreams and ideas on how those challenges can be overcome.”

The statewide listening sessions are in addition to an extensive series of discussions on campus focused on developing a roadmap for UW for the next five years. With that input, UW’s Strategic Planning Leadership Council is scheduled to begin drafting the strategic plan in January, with presentation of a draft to the campus community and stakeholders in March. The revised plan then will be presented at a town-hall meeting for consideration by the governing bodies of Faculty Senate, Staff Senate and the Associated Students of UW.

Following approval by the Board of Trustees, the plan will be implemented at the start of the 2017-18 fiscal year, with college and unit plans finalized in fall 2017. A website,, has been established to inform the public throughout the strategic planning process.

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