Open Meeting on UW President Evaluation to be Wednesday

Members of the University of Wyoming community and the public will be able to participate in evaluation of UW President Laurie Nichols by the board of trustees in an open meeting Wednesday.

The meeting will be from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Family Room. For those unable to attend in person, the meeting will be broadcast via WyoCast.

The meeting is to allow faculty, staff, students and the public to share their assessments of Nichols' performance with professional evaluator Steve Portch, who has been retained by the board to assist in the president's evaluation. Portch is a retired chancellor of the 34-campus University of Georgia system and regularly consults with universities for presidential evaluations.

Nichols was appointed by UW's board of trustees in December 2015 as the university's 26th president. She began her duties May 16, 2016, and her three-year contract included the stipulation that the trustees conduct a comprehensive performance evaluation after the university president had served 18 months, which is an emerging best practice in higher education.

While on campus Wednesday, Portch will meet with leaders of the faculty senate, staff senate, Associated Students of UW, administrators and other stakeholders to gather their perspectives of Nichols' performance.

The WyoCast website is at https://wyocast.uwyo.edu/WyoCast.... People can also submit their comments online, by name or anonymously, by going to www.uwyo.edu/trustees/pres_eval/....

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