WY House passes bill to keep UW President search secret

Jan 31, 2013

The Wyoming House of Representatives has given final approval to a bill that would let the University of Wyoming and Community Colleges keep their candidates for president secret.  House Majority Floor Leader Kermit Brown says that releasing names of finalists will compromise candidates who have jobs on other campuses.

“You’ve got people in similar positions where they are and they want to make discreet applications, but they don’t want to totally wreck their situation back home if they are not selected.  And that’s where the rub comes,” says Brown.

Media members recently won a lawsuit to force the University to release the names of finalists who are being considered for UW’s new President.  Brown says that court decision caused four of eight semifinalists to drop out of the running.  The bill heads to the Senate for further consideration.