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Wyoming governor urges open search for university president

The Wyoming governor has offered his advice, concerns and expectations to a university as it begins the search for its new president.

Republican Gov. Mark Gordon sent a letter Thursday urging the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees to be transparent during the search process.

Gordon says the university should not hire a familiar face but should conduct a comprehensive search.

Trustee chairman Dave True says Gordon wasn’t criticizing but encouraged them to have an already-established open approach.

The board announced six months ago they would not renew former university President Laurie Nichols’ contract that expired in June.

Officials say Interim President Neil Theobald is the fifth person to occupy the position in six years.

It is hoped that a new president will be selected by July 1, 2020.

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