A search committee has identified three finalists for the position of vice president of academic affairs at the University of Wyoming, and those finalists will begin visiting campus for public presentations this week.

The finalists are Kate Miller, dean of the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University; Terrance Parker, professor of mechanical engineering and former provost of the Colorado School of Mines; and Jeffrey Thompson, dean of the College of Science at the University of Nevada-Reno.

Each candidate will visit campus in the next two weeks to meet with UW President Laurie Nichols and interview with the search committee before meeting UW officials, students and others. Each candidate will end their two-day visit with a public presentation from 2-3:15 p.m. in the auditorium of the Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center.

Parker will be the first to visit, and is scheduled to give his presentation Friday. Miller will visit next week and is scheduled to present on Tuesday. Finally, Thompson is scheduled to present on Friday, May 27.

The UW WyoCast system will capture each presentation for near-real-time viewing. The recordings will also be archived. Those with a username and password will be able to view Parker’s presentation through this WyoCast link.

The search committee welcomes public input on each candidate. Anyone who wishes to provide feedback on one or more finalists may do so anonymously here.

Once the campus interviews are complete, Nichols will recommend a selection to the UW Board of Trustees.

The vice president for academic affairs is the school’s second-ranking leadership position. David Jones currently holds the position, and will return to his position on the faculty of the College of Health Sciences when his successor assumes the office.

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