UW names Laurie Nichols first woman president in UW history

(Laramie, Wyo.) - The University of Wyoming just announced that the Board of Trustees has selected Laurie Nichols as its 26th president. According to a news released issued by UW, Nichols was offered a contract by a unanimous vote of the UW Board of Trustees today (Friday) and has accepted the position. She will take office by July 1, succeeding President Dick McGinity and becoming the first woman president in UW’s history. “This is just an incredible opportunity for me, and I am beside myself with excitement at being able to come to Wyoming,” said Nichols. “It’s a great university and a wonderful state, and I don’t think I could have found a better place and a better fit.” The release states that the terms of Nichols’ contract are still being finalized, but it will be a three-year contract with an annual base salary of $350,000, a $48,000 housing allowance, a $25,000 retention payment and a $35,000 contribution to a deferred compensation plan. Nichols has been the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at South Dakota State since 2009. Before that, she was dean of the SDSU College of Education and Human Sciences from 1994 to 2008. From August 2008 through mid-June 2009, Nichols served as interim president of Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D. *Feature Photo: Laurie Nichols. h/t UW / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #dally #shortgo #county17 #county10 #oilcity #reboot #news