U.W. Trustees Select First Woman President of University

Laurie Nichols, new UW President

AP 12-18,2015

University of Wyoming trustees have chosen South Dakota State University administrator Laurie Nichols to be the next president of UW.

University spokesman Chad Baldwin says the trustees voted unanimously Friday to select Nichols from among three finalists for the job.

Nichols is provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at South Dakota State. She succeeds Dick McGinity, who has been UW president for almost two years.

The other finalists were Jeremy Haefner, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York and Duane Nellis, president of Texas Tech University.

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