Legislature passes bill to keep UW Presidential search secret

Feb 5, 2013

The Wyoming Senate has given final approval to a bill that could trump a Judge’s ruling and once again keep the finalists for the University of Wyoming Presidency secret.

 A Judge told UW trustees that they must make the search public following a lawsuit from three media organizations. Supporters say that in order for U-W to attract a sitting President or Provost for the job, they need to keep their names private, so they don’t jeopardize the candidate’s current job.

Senator Phil Nicholas of Laramie says U-W trustees are not trying to find a good candidate, but a great one.

“The trustees have the resources to do it, they have the obligation to do it, and they’re not looking simply for a qualified candidate, but for the best applicant on our behalf.”

Some Senators expressed concern over the fact that the public would not have a chance to vet the candidates. Governor Matt Mead admits that it’s a difficult issue and he will look at the legislation closely before he decides how to act on it.