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University faculty on edge after another dean’s resignation

University of Wyoming College of Law students delivered an open letter Monday to UW President Bob Sternberg demanding more transparency about their dean’s resignation. College of Law Dean Stephen Easton’s resignation is the latest in a series of departures from the University's top ranks. Since July, five deans have been replaced along with several provosts.

UW Professor Emeritus, Charles Ksir, was asked to be interim dean of education after that dean resigned. He declined. Ksir says that in over 40 years at UW he’s never seen this much turnover with the arrival of a new president.

“I guess I’ve been here through, let’s see we had, probably 5 or 6. I’ve never seen anything quite like this,” he says, noting that it has some faculty worried.  “They’re just looking over their shoulders and wondering who’s the next person who’s going to get asked to leave, and where are we going with all this. There’s a lot of uncertainty on the part of some of the faculty right now.”

Another retired professor, Peter Shive, posed the following question to the faculty listserv: “What is going on, and what does it mean?” He says he got plenty of responses, but they were mostly in private.

Irina Zhorov is a reporter for Wyoming Public Radio. She earned her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA from the University of Wyoming. In between, she worked as a photographer and writer for Philadelphia-area and national publications. Her professional interests revolve around environmental and energy reporting and she's reported on mining issues from Wyoming, Mexico, and Bolivia. She's been supported by the Dick and Lynn Cheney Grant for International Study, the Eleanor K. Kambouris Grant, and the Social Justice Research Center Research Grant for her work on Bolivian mining and Uzbek alpinism. Her work has appeared on Voice of America, National Native News, and in Indian Country Today, among other publications.
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