Former Riverton school administrator named to UW board of trustees

Mar 12, 2015 From staff reports

Mel Baldwin spent 26 years with Fremont County School District 25.

A former Riverton school administrator has been named to the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees.

Mel Baldwin of Afton spent 26 years as an administrator for Fremont County School District 25, according to UW. He also has taught courses at Central Wyoming College.

He was one of five new members appointed to the UW board by Gov. Matt Mead and approved by the Wyoming Senate.

A UW press release says Baldwin retired in 2004 after eight years as superintendent of Uinta County School District 1 in Evanston. He earned a master's degree in 1971 and a doctoral degree in 1973 from UW. He has taught courses for UW, CWC, Northwest College and Western Wyoming Community College.

Currently a member of the North Lincoln County Hospital District Board in Star Valley, he has served on the Wyoming State Board of Education; the Wyoming Retirement System Board; the Evanston Regional Hospital Board; and as president of the Wyoming High School Activities Association.

He and his wife, Lola, have five children, 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, according to UW.

"My experiences should allow me to focus on important matters coming before the board of trustees and help the board make decisions appropriate to all areas of concern," Baldwin said in the UW release.

He told UW he wants to help "facilitate improved programming and instruction for all UW students," expand UW services across the state, prioritize fiscal accountability and wise use of new funding from the Legislature and outside donors," and enhance cooperation with out-of-state professional schools for UW students seeking post-graduate placements.

Other new trustees include Mike Massie of Laramie, John McKinley of Cheyenne, Dick Scarlett of Wilson and Michelle Sullivan of Sheridan. They succeed the late Warren Lauer, along with Dick Davis, Betty Fear, Brad Mead and Dr. Howard Willson, whose terms expired.

All of the new trustees' terms extend through 2021, with the exception of Massie, who, through 2017, will fill out the term of the seat that had been held by Lauer.

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