Nine strong candidates – eight men and one woman – went before the Northern Wyoming Community College District board Wednesday evening to interview for the trustee position vacated by Ryan King last month.
Each was given ten minutes to answer four questions: why were they interested in being a trustee; what kind of time commitment could they give to the board; what did they view as the college district's major accomplishments in the past few years; and in what areas did they feel the college could improve?
After waiting about thirty minutes while the trustees met in executive session to make a decision, the nine were called in. Chairman Bruce Hoffman called for the motion, offered here by trustee Walt Wragge.
Leibrich, who works for First Interstate Bank and whose wife, LaDonna, is a librarian at Sheridan High School, said that the pursuit of knowledge and education has always been important to his family, and he admires how the college has its doors open to anyone who has a desire to learn. He also views the college's role in economic development and helping to build a strong workforce as important to the future of the institution. Of his being chosen, he said.
Trustee Walt Wragge spoke for all the trustees when commenting on the number of candidates who applied for the position.
The other candidates were James Bohnsack, Maurice “Mo” Campbell, Peter Davis, Norleen Healy, Scott Ludwig, Steve Roth, Mike Watkins and Mark Weitz. The trustees encouraged all nine to run for the school board in the upcoming election.
Leibrich will officially be sworn in at the June NWCCD board meeting tonight.