- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The first committee in the search for the next University of Wyoming president completed its task of reviewing applications and advancing a list of candidates to a second committee.

The second committee will conduct interviews and select three to five finalists to lead the state’s only four-year public university. It is scheduled to meet in private on Nov. 12.

The number of names submitted to the second committee is not be disclosed, UW spokesman Chad Baldwin said Friday after the first committee had finished its work.

The meetings of the first two committees are being done behind closed doors. No names of candidates will be released until the finalists are selected. The UW Board of Trustees hopes to have a new president named by early next year.

“We’ve received a good number of applications and inquiries,” trustee Jeff Marsh, chairman of the first committee, said.

However, Marsh declined to say how many people have applied for the job, saying the number can fluctuate day to day.

“I think we have a good number at this juncture,” he said. “I’m very hopeful that we can forward a good number of diverse candidates to the next committee.”

Marsh also noted that it’s possible a new candidate still may surface during the second committee’s work.

He gave the example of a sitting president at another college may be reluctant to “jump in” early in the search process.

“The ultimate objective is to get the best candidates possible and then ultimately narrow that down to the best president of the university,” Marsh said.

Current President Dick McGinity is stepping down next year when his contract expires.

McGinity was appointed president by the trustees in January 2014 following the resignation of President Bob Sternberg in November 2013. Sternberg left after less than five months on the job because of heavy criticism of personnel changes he made in the college’s top administrators.

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