University's new honors college names its dean

Sep 19, 2017 From wire reports

LARAMIE -- An accomplished biologist, teacher and administrator has been appointed as dean of the new honors college at UW.

The UW Board of Trustees on Friday approved the appointment of Donal Skinner to head the college, which is part of the university's effort to recruit more high-achieving high school graduates and enrich its undergraduate experience.

Provost Kate Miller notes that the second goal of "Breaking Through: 2017-2022," UW's new strategic plan, is to inspire students to pursue a productive, engaged and fulfilling life and prepare them to succeed in a sustainable economy.

"Under Dean Skinner's leadership, the new honors college will foster new opportunities for high-level academic, cultural, professional, entrepreneurial and leadership experiences for its students," Miller says.

Skinner received his Ph.D. in biology from the University of Cambridge before undertaking postdoctoral studies in England and France. He started at UW in 2002 as an assistant professor, was promoted to full professor in 2012, and has served as head of the department of zoology and physiology since 2013.