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UW Board of Trustees vote to postpone Seidel’s performance review one year due to COVID-19 pandemic

Right, UW President Ed Seidel (University of Wyoming, UW Alumni Association, Facebook)

CASPER, Wyo. — The University of Wyoming said on Friday that the UW Board of Trustees has postponed its planned comprehensive review of UW President Ed Seidel until next year due “as a result of highly unusual conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Seidel’s initial three-year contract began on July 1, 2020 and called for a comprehensive review to be conducted near the end of 2021, according to UW. The UW Board of Trustees voted on Thursday to amend the contract and conduct the review in September 2022.

“The pandemic and related financial and other challenges created a situation in which it just wasn’t possible for the president to move forward with his agenda as he would have liked and for the board to assess his work in a comprehensive manner,” UW Board of Trustees Chair Jeff Marsh said in the announcement. “This delay will give the board time to fulfill its contractual obligation and conduct a proper, thorough review with input from various stakeholders.”

Seidel’s amended contract calls for the UW Board of Trustees to receive feedback from faculty, staff, students and stakeholders for consideration during the 2022 review.

“A process to obtain such input is in development,” UW said.