Trevor T. Trujillo, Townsquare Media

The committee involved in the initial stage of the University of Wyoming presidential search will meet for the first time next week.

The committee, which is composed of 14 people representing the Board of Trustees, students, faculty, staff, the UW Foundation and the public, is scheduled to meet Wednesday, Aug. 19, at Old Main on the UW campus. The meeting is closed to the public. This is consistent with the board’s plan to keep the names of candidates confidential until the list of finalists is released.

The first committee is charged with helping launch the search, considering applications for the presidency and identifying a list of 10-15 candidates for further consideration.

Its members are:

  • Trustee Jeff Marsh of Torrington (chair)
  • Trustee Dave True of Casper
  • Trustee Mike Massie of Laramie
  • Trustee Michelle Sullivan of Sheridan
  • Trustee Mel Baldwin of Afton
  • Associate Professor Deborah McGriff of the College of Education
  • Law Professor Jacquelyn Bridgeman, who has served as interim dean of the College of Law
  • Noah Hull, doctoral student in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Susan Manown, who is pursuing law and Master of Business Administration degrees at UW
  • Kelly Wiseman, staff assistant in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Mark Gunnerson, control specialist in the UW Physical Plant
  • UW Foundation board member April Brimmer Kunz
  • Susan Stubson of Casper
  • John Turner of Moose.

Also involved in the Aug. 19 discussion will be former trustee Brad Mead, of Jackson, designated by the Board of Trustees as the search recruiter, and representatives of Storbeck Pimentel, the consulting firm retained to assist with the search.

“We’re excited to get started,” Marsh says. “This is an excellent group of people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and we’re prepared to do everything we can to ensure a deep and talented pool of candidates for the presidency.”

The full Board of Trustees will interview the finalists and select the next president, possibly as early as late December. Advertising of the position is expected to begin shortly.

The board continues to accept public comments about the presidential search via email at For complete information about the presidential search, go to