SEO Director Candidates to Interview at UW

January 10, 2008

Two candidates will interview for the Student Educational Opportunity (SEO) director position the weeks of Jan. 14-25, at the University of Wyoming.

Candidates Tony Montoya and Pilar Flores will participate in two days of on-site interviews and give public presentations on the topic "How to Systematically Build Access and Increase Persistence in Higher Education."

Montoya's presentation is at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in the College of Agriculture auditorium. Flores' presentation is at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, also in the College of Agriculture auditorium.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend both sessions, ask questions and evaluate the candidates. Individuals with disabilities needing accommodations can contact University Disability Support Services for assistance by calling (307) 766-6189 or e-mailing

Montoya currently is the Colorado State University-Pueblo Affirmative Action/Diversity and Multicultural Center director, a position he has held since 2004. He previously worked at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley and at Denver's Metropolitan State College.

Flores, the SEO interim director, has served previously in associate director, project director and coordinator positions in SEO since 2000. Before that, she held positions at the University of New Mexico-Taos.

A screening committee, chaired by Noah Buckley, UW admissions director, narrowed the pool of applicants and identified strengths and challenges for the top candidates. Sara Axelson, vice president for student affairs, will make the final selection. Evaluations of the candidates are requested to assist in selecting UW's new SEO director.

For more information, call John Nutter, office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, at (307) 766-5123.

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