UW Board of Trustees Discusses Presidential Selection Process

October 1, 2012

With a goal of attracting a deep pool of possible applicants, the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees on Monday began discussing the process to select UW’s 24th president.

The board took no action on the presidential selection process, but agreed to meet again on Oct. 12. At that time, trustees may consider retaining a consulting firm to assist with the search process.

While no decisions have been made, trustees on Monday indicated they’re leaning toward using a consulting firm to accept applications and recruit candidates. The board also indicated it likely will create multiple committees to evaluate applicants and narrow the list of candidates. Those committees are likely to be made up of members of the Board of Trustees, as well as UW faculty, students, staff, representatives of the UW Foundation, and individuals not directly affiliated with the university.

Ultimately, it will be the 12-member Board of Trustees that hires the successor to UW President Tom Buchanan, who announced last month he will step down as president at the end of summer 2013.

“We’re committed to obtaining the deepest possible pool of candidates in an effort to hire the best leader we can find for our state’s university,” Board of Trustees President Dave Bostrom of Worland says. “We want to build on the outstanding leadership the university has enjoyed under President Buchanan.”

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