Senate votes to keep UW President search secret

Feb 1, 2013

The State Senate has moved quickly in giving initial approval to a bill that would allow the University of Wyoming and community colleges to have a secret search for their presidents. A judge ruled that UW must open up its search for President, but the legislation is intended to allow the university to resume the search in secret. A Senate committee approved the bill this morning and by this afternoon the Senate gave the legislation initial approval. Senator Charles Scott says executive sessions are used in personnel discussions across the state and this is no different.

"This is a specialized case where it's particularly important if we want the best for the University. For all the reasons we traditionally keep these discussions confidential, we ought to do that here and pass this bill," says Scott.

The Senate will vote on the bill two more times.