(Riverton, Wyo.) – For the first time in a quarter century, Central Wyoming College inaugurated a new college president Thursday morning. Board Chairman Charlie Krebs of Lander officially handed over the college’s seal to Dr. Cristobal “Chris” Valdez at the college’s annual convocation, marking the beginning of not only the academic year, but the start of his administration. Valdez is the sixth president in the college’s history. He succeeded Dr. JoAnne McFarland, who had served as the CWC President since 1989.
“It is with humility and a great measure of honor that I accept this inauguration,” Valdez said after a short ceremony. “I want you, the students, to know that we are committed to your success. This is your education and it will depend on the effort and engagement that you place into it,” he said. “We want you to be engaged, we want to see you walk across this stage in two years. This is where you can begin to realize your dreams.”
The Convocation Processional was led, again, by bagpiper Ray Price as the faculty walked from the student center to the Robert A. Peck Arts Center Theatre where the ceremonies were held. The color guard this year was from the Arapahoe American Legion Post.
A more detailed report of today’s convocation will be posted from our news partner, K2-TV and reporter Michael Sevren this afternoon.
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