(Riverton, Wyo.) – During last night’s regular Central Wyoming College Board of Trustees meeting, there was no major forward motion in the search for a new president.
After 25 years as its president, and nearly two decades including other roles, President Jo Anne McFarland announced her retirement in December to be effective at the end of June 2014.
The board last month scheduled a special executive session to determine how to move forward with the search on January 30. Last night, the board moved that meeting to 6 p.m., Jan. 29 at the Intertribal Education and Community Center.
The board also last night held an executive session, all for personnel, with one item being the presidential search. The session also included administrative contracts and early retirement requests. The executive session was scheduled for 15 minutes, but it lasted nearly 80 minutes.
Representatives from the various college staff associations all requested a role in finding McFarland’s replacement should a search committee be formed.
“We suggest that once the Board has narrowed down its search, public presentations be held in order to provide for an open and transparent process,” Professional Staff Association President Connie Nyberg wrote in a memo to the board. “As an association, we would like to provide collective feed-back to the Board of Trustees of the candidates, not as individual voices, so as not to interfere with the process and not disrupt the time of the members of the board.”
Nyberg and her association also included a list of 12 characteristics they’d like to see the new president have. Those include experience working with a rural college, an ability to think strategically, and an ability to demonstrate genuine care and respect for all of the staff.
Trustee Roger Gose said he thought her points were “excellent.”
“We will be as transparent as we can,” Board Chairman Charlie Krebs said.
Faculty president Matt Herr told the board that the faculty “almost unanimously” trusts the board completely as it moves forward. “We believe whatever process you select is going to be appropriate,” he said.