- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees is using a new process when hiring deans and vice presidents.

The trustees implemented the new method of making hiring decisions last month, and it is being used in the current effort to hire a new dean for the College of Education.

During a teleconference Monday, the board authorized the UW administration to enter into negotiations with a College of Education dean candidate. The candidate’s identity is still a mystery because the board authorized the negotiations during executive session.

Previously, the trustees didn’t become involved as a board until deans and vice presidents were hired and announcements were made.

“The Board of Trustees is not inserting itself into the process; it just wants to keep updated,” Trustee Mike Massie said. “I think it provides the Board of Trustees with a substantive role to play rather than just being a rubber stamp.”

The former practice of having the board approve hiring decisions after the decision was actually made created an undesirable situation, Massie told the Laramie Boomerang (http://bit.ly/1a5qTLz).

“It’s an awkward situation where they would hire somebody, make an announcement and then go to the board for approval,” Massie said. “This eliminates that.”

The final four candidates for the College of Education dean position are:

- Ray Reutzel, professor of early literacy and director of the Emma Eccles Jones Early Childhood Education Center at Utah State University

- Richard Lomax, professor and associate dean for research and administration at Ohio State University’s College of Education and Human Ecology

- Matt Keefer, professor and former chair of the Division of Educational Psychology, Research and Evaluation at the University of Missouri-St. Louis

- Verl Pope, professor of counseling and chair of the Department of Counseling, Social Work and Leadership at Northern Kentucky University

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Information from: Laramie Boomerang, http://www.laramieboomerang.com

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