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Presidential Search Firm Seeks Input from UW Employees, Students

October 29, 2012

Members of the University of Wyoming community have an opportunity to share their thoughts about the desired qualifications and characteristics of UW’s next president.

A representative of Greenwood/Asher and Associates, the consulting firm assisting UW with the presidential search, will be on campus Thursday and Friday to receive input from faculty, staff and students.

Faculty members are invited to meet with Betty Asher, the consulting firm official, from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in Coe Library Room 506. Starting at 5:30 p.m., Asher will be available to meet with students at the same location.

On Friday, Nov. 2, UW staff members are invited to meet with Asher in a brown-bag lunch at noon in the Wyoming Union Family Room.

Faculty and staff at the UW/Casper College Center, meanwhile, can meet with Asher from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, in Room 106 of the UW Outreach Building, 951 N. Poplar St. in Casper. UW Distance Education employees will be able to join in that session via video conferencing links at the following locations: Cheyenne, Laramie County Community College, AB 202; Cody, Park County Building, 1501 Stampede Ave., Suite 2011; Evanston, Uinta BOCES Education Center, 1013 W. Cheyenne Drive, Room 114; Gillette Campus, 300 W. Sinclair, Room 171N; Jackson, Center for the Arts building, 240 S. Glenwood, Room 118; Powell, Northwest College, ORB 122; Rawlins, Carbon County Higher Education Center, 705 Rodeo St., Room 2; Riverton, Central Wyoming College, ITECC 105; Rock Springs, Western Wyoming Community College, Room 1229E; Sheridan College, Griffith 11; and Torrington, Eastern Wyoming College, Tebbet 252.

Greenwood/Asher and Associates has conducted successful presidential searches for institutions including the University of Florida, the University of Texas, Ohio State University, New Mexico State University and West Virginia University.

The firm will recruit candidates and accept applications for the job of UW president, which is being vacated by President Tom Buchanan at the end of summer 2013. It also will conduct background checks, check references and perform other duties associated with the search.

Once the firm has compiled a list of applicants, it will be presented to an initial screening committee to narrow the candidates to at least 12. That list will then be forwarded to a second screening committee, which is charged with trimming the candidate pool to at least five finalists by about Jan. 24.

The committees are composed of UW trustees, faculty, staff, students and alumni, along with a member of the UW Foundation Board, a state legislator, a community college president and representatives of several Wyoming industries.

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.

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