SHERIDAN — The University of Wyoming’s 24th president, Robert Sternberg, was in Sheridan on Tuesday to meet with representatives of the Northern Wyoming Community College District and see firsthand how the partnership between UW and NWCCD is benefiting local students.
“I am trying to visit as many different parts of the state as I can,” Sternberg said. “I view us as collaborating with the community colleges not competing with them. We are a land grant institution and we are about outreach and I am really excited about the possibility of partnering with Sheridan College in four-year programs.”
One current area of partnership is the Watt Agriculture Building that was purchased by UW from Sheridan College in 2012 with the intent of strengthening UW’s presence in northern Wyoming. The building houses or will eventually house UW programs such as UW Extension and the Agricultural Experiment Station.
“It makes sense in Sheridan to have a focus on agriculture, but if you want to study business or technology, I would like to see as many options here as there is a demand for and that we can afford,” Sternberg said.
“Some people can get to Laramie to study but others can’t,” he continued. “They may have family here or a business here or other kinds of ties and I think UW needs to enhance its four-year presence in the state and this is a wonderful place to start. But you don’t want students who can’t get to Laramie to not have that opportunity. We should have the chance for everyone to have an education.”
During Tuesday’s visit, Sternberg met with NWCCD representatives, local legislators and representatives of the local Whitney Benefits organization.
Sternberg is just a few months into his new position as president of UW. He most recently came from a provost and senior vice president position at Oklahoma State University, but has worked at Yale and Tufts University and is an honorary professor at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.