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Nichols To Lead A South Dakota University

University of Wyoming

Laurie Nichols has been named interim president at Black Hills State University. That's according to a statement released Monday from the university located in Spearfish, South Dakota.

Nichols led the University of Wyoming for the last 3 years and was the first woman to fill the role. Her contract, which was not renewed by the UW Board of Trustees, is up at the end of this month. She'll assume her new position at Black Hills State on July 1.

Nichols had previously indicated she would be joining the faculty at UW.

Neil Theobold, the current vice president for finance and administration, will be taking over as UW's acting president.

Tennessee -- despite what the name might make you think -- was born and raised in the Northeast. She most recently called Vermont home. For the last 15 years she's been making radio -- as a youth radio educator, documentary producer, and now reporter. Her work has aired on Reveal, The Heart, LatinoUSA, Across Women's Lives from PRI, and American RadioWorks. One of her ongoing creative projects is co-producing Wage/Working (a jukebox-based oral history project about workers and income inequality). When she's not reporting, Tennessee likes to go on exploratory running adventures with her mutt Murray.
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