UW Likely To Appeal Records Ruling

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – A University of Wyoming official says the school will likely appeal a judge’s order to turn over to news media outlets documents on the decision by the board of trustees not to renew the 3-year contract of university President Laurie Nichols early last year.

UW spokesman Chad Baldwin said Monday the trustees haven’t made a final decision on whether to appeal but “that is the intent at this point.”

Albany County District Court Judge Tori Kricken ruled Friday that the vast majority of records sought by the Casper Star-Tribune and WyoFile should be released, but did say a few could stay private.

The trustees never gave a reason for the surprise contract decision and had cited in attorney-client privilege in denying the news outlet requests for records and documents.

Nichols was planning to return to faculty status when her contract ended last June, but instead became interim president of Black Hills State University in Spearfish – a post she was recently given on a permanent basis.

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