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UW Board of Trustees Gains Two New Members

March 23, 2017
head portraits of Kermit Brown and David Fall

An Albany County attorney and a Campbell County pediatrician have been named to the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees.

Kermit Brown, of Laramie, and Dr. David Fall, of Gillette, were appointed by Gov. Matt Mead and approved by the Wyoming Senate. They succeed Mike Massie, of Laramie, and Dave Palmerlee, of Buffalo.

Reappointed were John MacPherson, of Saratoga, who chairs the Board of Trustees, and Jeff Marsh, of Torrington, the board secretary.

All of these trustees’ terms extend through 2023. The UW Board of Trustees has the responsibility to approve and adopt the general policies governing the university and provide broad oversight for the fiduciary management, academic policies and general welfare of UW students.

Brown is partner at the law firm of Brown & Hiser LLC, where he specializes in business and agricultural law, and estate planning. A former Republican member of the Wyoming House of Representatives from 2005-2017, he served as speaker of the House in 2015-16 and as majority floor leader in 2013-14.

After graduating from UW in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry and, in 1966, with a degree in business administration, Brown spent four years in the Navy, attaining the rank of lieutenant before returning to UW, where he earned his law degree in 1973. He practiced law in Wheatland for two years and in Rawlins for 17 years before moving his law practice to Laramie. He serves on the Western States Bank Board of Directors.

He has been married to his wife, Margaret, for 50 years.

“I am extremely grateful to Gov. Mead for this appointment. It is a great honor to serve on the Board of Trustees,” Brown says. “I consider the university to be directly responsible for the successes I have achieved in my life, and I will work diligently to be sure we provide young people from Wyoming the same opportunity for success that UW afforded me.”

Fall has practiced pediatrics for more than 30 years in Gillette, where he has served for more than 15 years as a member of the Campbell County School Board, most recently as chair.

A native of Sheridan, he earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology and physiology from UW in 1977. He attended medical school at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., a member of the second UW class to benefit from a contract Wyoming signed with Creighton and the University of Utah -- the forerunner of the current WWAMI program that allows UW students to study medicine at the University of Washington. Fall is a member of the WWAMI Advisory Council.

Fall and his wife, Julie, also a pediatrician in their shared Gillette practice, have three adult children.

“I think, in the next decade, we will see a great change in the way higher education is taught and in the way students will learn. I am excited to be a part of this process,” Fall says. “I hope my background in medicine, as well as my background as a longtime local school board trustee, will help this world-class university transition into the next decade.”

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