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New UW chief plans to do fundraising personally

New UW chief plans to do fundraising personally

Mar 29, 2013 - By Bob Moen, The Associated Press

LARAMIE -- Robert Sternberg, the incoming president of the University of Wyoming, said an important part of his job will be to find other sources of revenue to help make up for cuts in state funding.

"I plan to spend a lot of my time fundraising," Sternberg, who takes office on July 1, said.

The state Legislature this winter cut general fund spending because energy revenues are expected to be flat in the coming years. UW's operating budget was cut by about $11.7 million as a result.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Sternberg said most universities around the nation are seeing their budgets cut.

Sternberg said Oklahoma State University, where he is currently provost and senior vice president, saw its budget cut about 4 percent this year.

"I think we have very similar problems in Wyoming as what Oklahoma State has had; we're both energy states, very dependent on energy, agriculture," he said.

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