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UW trustees president doesn't see carry-over from Sternberg situation in new president search

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CHEYENNE, Wyoming — The president of University of Wyoming Board of Trustees says he doesn't believe there is any lingering fallout from the quick exit less than two years ago of former President Bob Sternberg as the state's only four-year public university searches for a new UW president.

"My personal sense of it is that's all behind us and irrelevant," President David Palmerlee said Friday.

Sternberg resigned in November 2013 after less than five months on the job because of heavy criticism of personnel changes he made in the college's top administrators.

Dick McGinity was appointed president by the trustees in January 2014. He recently decided to step down when his contract expires next year.

McGinity's administration has brought stability to the university, Palmerlee said. "And I would say that some of the terrific things that has happened at the university in the last year, including hiring four real high-powered deans, and some other things will eclipse any hangover that previous difficulty," he said.

The trustees interviewed three search firms on Friday, but they didn't select one to help with the president search.

Palmerlee said he expects the board to make a decision on a search firm within the next several weeks. "They provide a large menu of services that are both helpful and necessary," he said.

It is too soon to say how much the search for a new president will cost, Palmerlee said.

Trustees hope to have a new president by the end of next February.

The search for a new president will be confidential at the outset while a pair of committees made up of trustees, UW staff, faculty and others review applications. It will become public next January when three to five finalists are selected and brought to the campus for interviews and public meetings.

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