Dr. Cristobal "Chris" Valdez relaxed in his office on campus for a few minutes Monday between meetings. (Ernie Over photo)

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The new President of Central Wyoming College, Dr. Cristobal “Chris” Valdez, had his first “official” day at work on campus today, but he actually arrived last week and spent three days getting to know the staff and area.

“I wanted to orient myself around campus and I sat in on some staff meetings. Some important hires are taking place and I also wanted to be a part of that,” Valdez said in his formal office Monday afternoon. He also said he went exploring. “I went over to Lander to look around and went out to Sinks Canyon to see the Sinks and the Rise. To see all those fish at the rise was really something.”

Valdez said he wanted to stay busy with orienting himself to the area while he waits for the rest of his family to join him. They are back in Ohio preparing to move, “as soon as we can close on our home,” he said. He said he is in the process of purchasing a home in Riverton.  One of his four children children accompanied him to Riverton. “We’ve been out riding bicycles in the community and taking walks in the area. It’s such a beautiful area.”

The new CWC President comes from Edison State Community College in Ohio, where he was the president. A Montana native, Valdez said he is happy to be back in the West again.

A number of public meet and greets for the new president are being scheduled and County10.com willl provide that schedule when it is finalized.

Dr. Valdez replaces long-time CWC President Dr. Jo Anne Y. McFarland, who retired in June after 41 years at the college, the last 25 spent as its president.