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Bob Sternberg resigned as president of the Univ. of Wyoming

Nov 14, 2013 - Associated Press

Bob Sternberg resigned as president of the University of Wyoming on Thursday, ending his tenure that lasted just over four months after taking over as president of the state's only four-year university.

Word of Sternberg's resignation Thursday evening followed an all-day, closed-door meeting of the UW Board of Trustees. Sternberg has been under fire in recent days over his management.

Sternberg took over the job on July 1. Since then, five administrators and three deans have decided to leave their jobs. Some left because of differences with Sternberg, while others left for other reasons.

Law school Dean Steve Easton, who is resigning as dean effective Friday, has openly challenged Sternberg's ethics.

"I care a great deal about this university," Sternberg said in a prepared statement issued by UW. "And I have come to realize that as wonderful as the University of Wyoming is, it may not be the best fit for me as president. So I tendered my resignation today to the board of trustees."

Board President David Bostrom said in the announcement that the board accepted the resignation "with understanding."

Bostrom said the board appreciates Sternberg's sensitivity to the overall needs of the university and its future. "We are grateful for what Bob has done for our institution and wish him the very best in his future endeavors," he said.

Sternberg was hired on a three-year contract with an annual base salary of $425,000. His resignation is effective Dec. 31. The university said he will be paid $325,000 for the following year.

Dick McGinity, UW's vice president for academic affairs, will take over performing the duties of president, effective immediately.

"The board has complete confidence in Dr. McGinity and his team to carry on the administrative functions of the university and move the institution forward while we consider how to proceed with a presidential search," Bostrom said.

Sternberg came to UW from Oklahoma State University, where he had served as provost and senior vice president. He holds a bachelor's degree from Yale and a Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford. He was chosen as the successor to former UW President Tom Buchanan, who retired.

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