Busy CWC chief gets high marks from faculty, board in first full year in the post

Sep 29, 2017 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Central Wyoming College president Brad Tyndall received some positive feedback this month from the school's faculty president.

Jeremy Nielsen, assistant professor of film, movies and digital content at CWC, said he has noticed an increase in morale among the faculty since Tyndall took over on a permanent basis late last year.

"People are really happy about the leadership," he said. "I'm grateful to have Brad here. ... We've been on some rocky ground the past few years with a variety of things. (Now it's) going well compared to where we've been."

CWC board chair Colton Crane said he appreciated the comments, noting that he had heard positive reviews of Tyndall from other employees as well.

"Everything I hear is that you're doing a great job," he said.

The board is responsible for hiring the college president, conducting regular reviews of his or her performance and making decisions about termination or promotion. Crane said that job is "a lot easier when we're not worrying about lots of fires."

"I know you're putting in long hours and working hard, and you have at heart the best interests of this institution," he said. "So thank you."

Tyndall accompanied four trustees to the annual American Community College Trustees convention this week in Las Vegas.


Tyndall's report to the board always includes a list of activities in which he has participated over the past months.

In September the list included manning a booth July 27 at Lander LIVE, recording a program-length session Aug. 1 with Wyoming Public Radio, attending the 2017 Native American Education Conference Aug. 8-9 at St. Stephen's Indian School during which he gave a keynote address and presented a vision for an Institute of Tribal Learning at CWC, attending a reception for new employees Aug. 15, doing the Morning Buzz radio show Aug. 17 on KVOW radio in Riverton, participating in an Aug. 17 board tour of the college, participating in an Aug. 19 Watermelon Run on campus for the cross-country team, working as a parking lot attendant and "grounds rover" Aug. 19-20 before the solar eclipse that passed over Fremont County Aug. 21, hiking 10.2 miles with a 35-pound backpack to visit Alpine Science Institute students and engage in four student presentations Aug. 24-26, attending a dedication ceremony Aug. 30 for the Center of Hope alcohol detoxification and rehabilitation facility in Riverton, giving a small speech and participating in a united tribes dance Sept. 1 at a Northern Arapaho powwow, presenting an update Sept. 5 to the Rodeo Booster Club on plans for an agriculture and animal science center in Riverton, meeting Sept. 11 with the Shoshone Business Council to present a vision for the Institute of Tribal Learning, traveling Sept. 13 to the Wind River Tribal College to sign an articulation agreement and participating Sept. 14 in an all-day Leadership Fremont County training.

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