LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Outgoing University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols says she’s come to grips with her forced departure and her new job as interim president at a South Dakota university will be a great transition for her.

The UW Board of Trustees decided in March not to renew Nichols’ contract, providing no specific reason for the decision.

Nichols tells the Laramie Boomerang she’s “honestly quite OK” with what happened but she’s not ready to step out of a leadership role.

Last week, it was announced that Nichols will become interim president of Black Hills State University on July 1, one day after her final day at Wyoming.

Once her job at Black Hills is done, Nichols says she will look at moving on to other opportunities in the Mountain West region.