- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - The University of Wyoming will focus on a smooth transition to a new president in the coming year, President Dick McGinity said.

McGinity outlined future goals during his State of the University address Thursday, saying the university is implementing programs to ensure student preparedness, excellence and statewide engagement.

“The new University Studies Program, which is being implemented this fall after years of planning, is a clear step forward for the university in undergraduate education,” he said.

Several initiatives are helping UW reach McGinity’s second goal of achieving measureable progress toward academic excellence in areas of distinction, the Laramie Boomerang reported (http://bit.ly/1LmAI82).

“We have world-class researchers at UW, and these initiatives are aimed at developing and recruiting more of them by providing world-class facilities and support,” he said.

A recent UW Board of Trustees meeting emphasized one achievement for state outreach important to McGinity: healthy relations with community colleges.

“Strong relationships with community colleges have enormous benefits for our students, our university and the state,” McGinity said.

McGinity ended his speech by saying the presidential search for the coming year will be focused on easing the transition to a new president when his contract expires.

Trustees could select the next president as early as late December.

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

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