- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Many people mentioned strong leadership when commenting on the qualities the next University of Wyoming president should have, a search consultant said.

The UW presidential search consultant and search committee held nine meetings this week to hear from faculty, students and residents on what the group should be looking for in the university’s next president.

At the meetings, people said the president should have good relations with the state Legislature, experience with higher education and the qualities of a strong leader.

“Almost everyone wants a strong leader - someone who is visible and approachable,” search consultant, Alberto Pimentel told the Laramie Boomerang (https://bit.ly/1QyDCWV ).

Pimentel, who has completed several hundred searches with a focus in large research universities, said the meetings will help him narrow down recruits and present the most fitting candidates.

“It helps me figure out who I’m supposed to be recruiting,” he said. “I do really well in recruiting when I know who you want. There’s a difference between who you tell me what you want and what you need. What we’re trying to do is get those one and the same - otherwise, I’ll get you a whole bunch of people who you don’t want.”

Graduate student Noah Hull, who is a member of the initial search committee, said he will convey what’s been said throughout the meetings to the rest of the search committee.

“We can use that in evaluating candidates,” Hull said. “We have a lot of trust in the search firm, but if something’s not matching up, there’ll be conversation. But sitting here and listening to the stakeholders, I should see the type of candidates we need.”


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

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