The University of Wyoming has announced its choice for vice president of finance and administration.

Neil Theobald will begin his responsibilities at UW on June 30. He will succeed retiring Vice President Bill Mai.

UW says Theobald is an experienced higher education administrator who served as president of Temple University and chief financial officer at Indiana University. He is currently senior adviser to the president for financial and governmental affairs at Indiana University, where he worked for nearly two decades.

“I am delighted that an administrator of Dr. Theobald’s stature and experience has agreed to join our team at UW,” President Laurie Nichols says in a statement. “The expertise that he brings will not only benefit the implementation of our new financial and human resources system, but also will give leadership to facility projects, operational and auxiliary improvements, and campus planning.”

While in the position of senior vice chancellor of Indiana University’s flagship campus, the university finished 73 major building projects, with a price tag of about $700 million. That experience will come to bear at UW, as he says that a projected $357 million in new construction and remodeling at UW is “crucial to maintaining UW’s national standing as an excellent arts and sciences and professional studies university, with an outstanding faculty and world-class research facilities.”

Temple University set research funding records each year and doubled its number of invention disclosures during Theobald’s time there.

As UW’s vice president for finance and administration, Theobald will be responsible for more than 380 staff members in UW’s Division of Finance and Administration, will manage an operational budget of $205.5 million and oversee 832 acres on the Laramie campus, 188 facilities representing close to 7.2 million square feet as well as additional property throughout Wyoming.

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