(SD)-Outgoing UW President Named BHSU Interim President
SPEARFISH, S.D. - Outgoing University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols will not be joining the school's faculty this fall, but she's also not following her husband to the University of Montana, where he was recently named head of its honor college. Instead, she's been named interim president at Black Hills State University in Spearfish.
The UW trustees unexpectedly voted not to renew Nichols' contract as president, which ends at the end of this month - the same day that Dr Tom Jackson is leaving Black Hills State to become president at Humboldt State University on the northern California coast. Nichols takes over in Spearfish July 1st and will serve as interim president until the next permanent president is appointed.
It shouldn't take Nichols very long to get familiar with South Dakota. She's a native of the state, is a graduate of South Dakota State, and served as a professor or administrator at her alma mater for 22 years before going to Wyoming. She's also served as interim president at Northern State and taught at the secondary and post-secondary levels in 6 states including Nebraska and South Dakota.
Nichols says she's "delighted" to be returning to South Dakota to join the leadership team, faculty, staff, and students at Black Hills State - where she anticipates a positive and productive year. She says she's also looking forward to returning to the Black Hills, where she started her career as a high school teacher in Hill City some 4 decades ago.
South Dakota Regents CEO and Executive Director Paul Beran says the board is "so pleased" to welcome Nichols "back home to South Dakota" because her higher education experience and previous service in the South Dakota public university system leaves little doubt that she will be an excellent guide for Black Hills State until a permanent leader is appointed.
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