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Acting UW president gets 'interim' label

Dec 9, 2013 - From staff reports

The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees appointed Dick McGinity as the university's interim president on Friday, expressing confidence that the university will move forward under his leadership.

McGinity, 69, UW's interim vice president for academic affairs, has fulfilled the duties of president since the sudden resignation of former president Bob Sternberg on Nov. 14.

With the board's action, McGinity will assume the office of interim president for an undefined period and see his annual salary increase from $240,000 to $375,000.

McGinity owns a resdience at Crowheart.

"We have confidence in Dr. McGinity and the current administrative team," says Dave Bostrom, president of the Board of Trustees. "Our vote formalizes that position."

No presidential search is being launched at this time, and the board has made no decisions about the details of any future search.

The executive committee of UW's Faculty Senate has expressed support for McGinity's appointment as interim president, and UW's academic deans issued a statement committing "to work alongside him" in that capacity.

"We believe the university is on a positive trajectory, and we will work closely with our interim president to assure that progress continues with regard to the land-grant mission of service to the people of Wyoming, its state government and the economy," Bostrom said.

"I will do my very best to lead the university's administrative team as we move ahead with already-established priorities and plan for more improvements," McGinity said through a university press release.

McGinity and his administrative team are working with Gov. Matt Mead and lawmakers to prepare for the Legislature's 2014 budget session.

The governor has recommended funding for a number of the university's top priorities, including a pay raise to retain and recruit top UW employees; programmatic and capital facilities improvements for the College of Engineering and Applied Science; enhancement of information technology and classrooms for students; and partnerships with Wyoming community colleges.

McGinity will appear before the Legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee next week to discuss the university's budget proposal.

At the same time, McGinity is leading the development of the university's strategic plan for 2015 through 2020.

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