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University of Wyoming President Dick McGinity says he will step down when his contract expires next year, so that the UW Trustees can set its sights on a long term replacement.

“I just said to the board that I think it’s in the University’s interests and really a responsibility of the board to undertake a search for somebody who’s gonna pick up the ball and carry it for the next eight…ten years or so.”

The 71 year old McGinity says with some exciting science and engineering initiatives getting under way this is the perfect time for the University to find a new leader. 

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The University of Wyoming’s undergraduate elementary education program has work to do to meet standards for effective teacher training. That’s according to a report released Tuesday by the National Council on Teacher Quality—a think tank that pushes for tougher evaluations of classroom teachers. 

The report includes a ranking of U.S. teaching colleges, and found that the vast majority of programs failed to prepare teachers for the classroom.

New programs at the University of Wyoming’s Fay W. Whitney School of nursing are gathering momentum as the school works to better prepare students to meet the changing needs of the healthcare industry.


Many organizations are demanding that nursing job candidates have a Bachelor of Science degree, which was only available at the University in Laramie, until recently. 

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The University of Wyoming has sent Governor Matt Mead a blueprint to transform the College of Engineering and Applied Science into a top program nationwide.

In December, Governor Matt Mead’s Energy, Engineering and STEM Integration Task force released its report on how to turn the College of Engineering and Applied Science into a Tier One academic and research institution. Mead then asked UW to come up with, what Associate Provost Andrew Hansen calls, ‘the dream’ vision for achieving that goal.

The University of Wyoming says due to the high demand for Petroleum Engineers, there has been a huge increase of students in UW’s Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department. 

Department Head David Bagley notes that UW reinstated the program after it was dropped in 1996.  But due to an increase in energy production, the demand for engineers has skyrocketed.  He says that’s why enrollment increased 55-percent from last year.