UW Names Members of Presidential Search Committees

October 26, 2012

Twenty-three people, representing a wide range of interests, have been named to two committees that will help select the next president of the University of Wyoming.

UW trustees, faculty, staff and students are represented on the committees, along with a state legislator, a community college president and representatives of several Wyoming industries.

UW Board of Trustees President Dave Bostrom announced the screening committee appointments today (Oct. 26). The committees will work with Greenwood/Asher & Associates Inc., the consulting firm chosen by the board last week to assist with the search for the successor to Tom Buchanan, who’s retiring as president in 2013.

The firm will recruit candidates and accept applications, conduct background checks, check references and perform other duties associated with the search. Representatives of the firm are scheduled to visit UW next week to meet with members of the campus community and various constituent groups.

The initial screening committee will review the credentials of all applicants for the positions. The committee is composed of: trustees Howard Willson of Thermopolis, Betty Fear of Big Piney, John MacPherson of Saratoga, Brad Mead of Jackson and Dave Palmerlee of Buffalo; Anne Alexander, UW professor of economics and director of UW’s International Programs Office; Bryan Dugas of Cheyenne, first-year UW medical student in the WWAMI program; Alyson Hagy, UW professor of English and faculty athletics representative; Gracie Lawson-Borders, UW professor of communication and journalism, and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Jim Magagna, executive vice president of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association; Scott Neu, incoming president of the UW Foundation Board; Paul Radakovich, vice president for operations, Rocky Mountain Power; and state Rep. Tim Stubson of Casper.

The committee will identify at least 12 candidates who warrant further consideration by about Dec. 10.

The list of at least 12 candidates then will be forwarded to a second screening committee, which will consist of: trustees Dick Davis of Sheridan, Bostrom of Worland, Warren Lauer of Laramie, Jeff Marsh of Torrington and Anne Rochelle of Casper; Michael Barker, UW professor of civil/architectural engineering and chairman of the UW Faculty Senate; Hagy; Brett Kahler of Casper, vice president of the Associated Students of UW; John McKinley, Cheyenne attorney; Ben Marks, computer support specialist with UW Residence Life and Dining Services, and chair of the UW Staff Senate; Neu; and Casper College President Walt Nolte.

The second screening committee will be charged with narrowing the candidate pool to at least five finalists by about Jan. 24. The entire Board of Trustees will interview each finalist and then select the new president. The board plans to introduce the new president by Feb. 27.

“I appreciate the willingness of the committee members to contribute to the selection of UW’s next president,” Bostrom says. “We’re confident that we’ll have an excellent pool of candidates from which to select a leader to help make a great university even better.”

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