UW Board of Trustees session started Wednesday, focus centers on proposal for academic reorganization

UW Board of Trustees Session starts Wednesday
UW Board of Trustees Session starts Wednesday(Mia Johnson)
Published: Nov. 17, 2021 at 7:13 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Big changes could be in store for the University of Wyoming. The Board of Trustees kicked off their first session on Wednesday to visit the principle topic on the agenda, the proposal for a major academic reorganization.

“It is a reorganization that also sets the stage to do some new things, and during a time of budget constraints that is challenging, but the President’s point is, you have to do it, the needs are there, and if you do the reorganization then you have the potential to tap other resources besides the state funding,” said Chad Baldwin, University of Wyoming Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications.

The reorganization was initially proposed in July, but some aspects have been revamped.

UW says the major factors for the restructure include accommodating a reduced budget in state funding, taking the initiative to meet the state’s economic and workforce needs and boosting the university’s status for federal research dollars.

“It is positioning the University for the future, I think is the best way to describe it, and that is what the Board is being asked to endorse and support, and then we will see how they receive it,” said Baldwin.

If the board moves forward, the bulk of changes would not be implemented until July of 2023.

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