Three media outlets are challenging the University of Wyoming’s decision to decline releasing the names of finalists being considered for the school’s new president. The Associated Press, The Casper Star-Tribune and the Wyoming Tribune Eagle filed the lawsuit Monday in state District Court in Laramie.
A spokesperson for the university says that by releasing the names of the candidates, the move could prevent the applicants from considering for the position. The search for a new president began after current president of the university, Tom Buchanan, announced his intentions to retire.
The three media outlets filed a petition for a declaratory judgment, asking the court to decide if members of the press should have access to information on the finalists.
Aerin Curtis with the Tribune-Eagle writes that in a recent op-ed, UW Trustee President Dave Bostrum said that if they breach confidentiality by making some information public, candidates might not come forward if their current employers know they're seeking employment elsewhere.
The petition was officially filed by the AP, Cheyenne Newspapers Inc., parent company to the Star-Tribune, and Lee Newspapers, parent company to the Tribune Eagle.