Following the resignation of Bob Sternberg, Dick McGinity has taken over reins at the University of Wyoming as Interim President.
McGinity was simply a faculty member at UW until Sternberg promoted him to be part of the administration and now he’s running the show. Among his first duties is getting UW priorities through the legislature. He tells Bob Beck that includes pay raises.
The acting President of the University of Wyoming says it’s time to put the past behind and move forward with plans to make the University even better.
In his first public appearance since the resignation of former President Bob Sternberg, Dick McGinity told the Laramie Rotary Club that the team that is currently leading the University will do good work and find specific ways to improve U-W. As he takes over the reins of the University McGinity remains optimistic.
It’s not often that a president leaves a university as quickly as Bob Sternberg, but it has happened before at UW. Phil Roberts spoke with Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden. He says there are often times that people are just not the right fit for a particular position.
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The President of the University of Wyoming, Bob Sternberg, says he understands that the turnover of several administrators is unsettling, but says that most of the resignations have been coincidence. Sternberg says he was directly involved in the resignations of Provost Myron Allen and Education Dean Kay Persichitte, but other administrator resigned on their own.
University of Wyoming College of Law students delivered an open letter Monday to UW President Bob Sternberg demanding more transparency about their dean’s resignation. College of Law Dean Stephen Easton’s resignation is the latest in a series of departures from the University's top ranks. Since July, five deans have been replaced along with several provosts.
Land grant institutions, like the University of Wyoming, were designed to provide a practical education. In a recent editorial, UW’s president makes the case that the humanities and fine arts are also part of that practical education.
Since becoming UW’s president earlier this year, Sternberg says he’s heard lots of conversation about engineering, agriculture, and business, but not so much about the humanities. As a psychologist, much of Sternberg’s work has focused on creativity.
University of Wyoming faculty and staff have not had a pay raise since 2009, and U-W’s new President says that needs to be addressed. Bob Sternberg says U-W has lost important faculty to other institutions and morale among staff is low.
“Everybody knows who has a job that when your morale goes downhill, people don’t do their best work and we have a real serious morale problem here at the University of Wyoming and I’m really committed to resolving it.”