New UW President Takes Over in May

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The date for the newly hired president of the University of Wyoming to take the helm has been confirmed. Under the terms of a contract signed with the board of trustees, Lauri Nichols will assume the office on Monday, May 16. The news is coming straight from the university’s public relations office.

University spokesman Chad Baldwin said Nichols is coming to the university from South Dakota State University, where she has served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs since 2009.

She’ll have an appointment, he said, as a tenured full professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences in the University of Wyoming’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

As previously announced, Nichols will receive an annual base salary of $350,000. Among other obligations, the contract also calls for the university to contribute $35,000, annually, to a deferred compensation plan, provide an annual $48,000 housing allowance, make an annual $25,000 retention payment, and provide a vehicle. As UW’s 26th president, she’ll succeed President Dick McGinity, who has held the position since January of 2014.