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UW might keep presidential finalists secret until job filled

UW might keep presidential finalists secret until job filled

Oct 2, 2012 - The Associated Press

LARAMIE -- The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees is considering a more confidential approach in how it searches for a new president.

In the past, UW has brought finalists for the job to visit with students and faculty. But under a new process being considered, the board wouldn't release the candidates' names to the public until the new university president has been chosen.

Board President David Bostrom says UW has a better chance of attracting top-notch candidates, especially sitting presidents at other universities, if information about their applications is kept private.

The board is looking for a replacement for retiring President Tom Buchanan.

Buchanan announced last month that he will retire next year as head of the state's only four-year public university.

Buchanan has served as president since July 2005. The former faculty member served year as interim president while the university conducted a national search to replace Phil Dubois, then emerged as a top candidate himself and was given the job.

The search process will be defined at the board's Oct. 12 meeting.

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