UW Hosts First State-Endowed Professor

Laramie, WY – The university of Wyoming will welcome its first writer-in-residence for the 2007 2008 school year. Nature writer Terry Tempest Williams will take up the state-funded post as part of the fledgling Masters in creative writing program. Program director Harvey Hix says Williams is a great fit. This is the university's first state-endowed professorship. The 2006 Wyoming State Legislature seeded the endowment with $70 million dollars to create senior faculty positions for "highly distinguished scholars and teachers." Williams wrote the 1991 memoir "Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place."