Illinois System VP Named New UW President


LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) – A distinguished scholar who has led academic, research and innovation programs at multiple universities has been named the 28th president of the University of Wyoming.

Edward Seidel, currently vice president for economic development and innovation for the University of Illinois System, will take office in July. UW has been without a permanent president since last July after the trustees decided against renewing the 3-year contract of Laurie Nichols.

The terms of Seidel’s contract are still being finalized, but it will be a 3-year deal with an annual base salary of $365,000, a $60,000 housing allowance and a $50,000 contribution to a deferred compensation plan.

Trustees chairman Dave True says the board is confident Seidel will provide strong leadership, and wants to thank everyone who participated in the presidential search process – crediting them for a field of strong candidates that allowed the trustees to make “an outstanding choice” to lead the school.

Seidel, who has a PhD in relativistic astrophysics from Yale, calls Wyoming “an incredibly strong and vibrant institution (that) will have an enormous impact on the future of the state and region.”

He says his top priorities include building on UW’s excellence in education and scholarship, and deepening partnerships to enhance student-centered programs and educational pipelines that grow UW’s enrollment and strengthen the state’s workforce for the 21st century economy.

Seidel says he looks forward to traveling around Wyoming to become more familiar with its people and issues – adding that his life partner, Gabrielle Allen, is also looking forward to coming to Laramie.

Allen is an associate dean at Illinois and hails from England while Seidel grew up in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.