Sep 7, 2012 - The Associated PressLARAMIE -- University of Wyoming President Tom Buchanan announced Thursday that he will retire next year, ending a career of more than 30 years at the state's only four-year public university that saw him rise from assistant geography professor to its top administrator.
Since becoming UW's 23rd president in 2005, Buchanan's tenure has seen UW earn national envy for the strong financial backing provided by the state's energy resources and national ridicule for its handling of campus free speech.
Buchanan made the announcement at the end of his annual state of the university address in which he spoke about budget issues, building projects and the successes of each department.
"I will retire from the position of president about this time next year, end of the summer, and I want you to know that it has been my honor and my privilege to serve the campus community, and it really is a community," he said. "It's been an amazing run."
Buchanan declined to answer questions from the media after his speech. Dave Bostrom, president of the UW Board of Trustees, said the process of finding a replacement for Buchanan will begin soon.
Speaking for himself, Bostrom said he hoped that the board would be able to vet candidates this year and begin to make a selection for a new president sometime next year.
UW Faculty Senate Chair Michael Barker, an engineering professor, said he would like to see a president who reflects "Wyoming values."
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