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Open meeting on UW president evaluation Feb. 14; comments accepted online


February 7, 2018

LARAMIE — An open meeting is scheduled Wednesday, Feb. 14, for members of the University of Wyoming community and the public to participate in the evaluation of President Laurie Nichols by the UW Board of Trustees.

The meeting is scheduled from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Family Room for 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.

For those unable to attend in person, the meeting will be broadcast via WyoCast. The link will be provided later.

While on campus Feb. 14, Portch also will meet with leaders of the Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, Associated Students of UW, administrators and other stakeholders — some in groups, some individually — regarding their perspectives of Nichols’ performance.

Additionally, people can submit their comments online — by name or anonymously — by going to

The board has responsibility to recruit, appoint, support and evaluate the university’s chief executive officer. Portch, retired chancellor of the 34-campus University of Georgia system, regularly consults with universities for presidential evaluations.

Nichols was appointed by the Board of Trustees in December 2015 as UW’s 26th president. She began her duties May 16, 2016. 

Her three-year contract included the stipulation that the trustees conduct a comprehensive performance evaluation after the university president had served 18 months -- an emerging best practice in higher education.


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