OSU provost to become University of Wyoming president
BY SAMANTHA VICENT World Correspondent
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
STILLWATER — The University of Wyoming’s Board of Trustees unanimously selected Oklahoma State University Provost and Vice President Robert Sternberg as its 24th president on Tuesday.
Sternberg, 63, will take office July 1, taking the place of retiring President Tom Buchanan. Pending the finalization of his contract, Sternberg will have an annual base salary of $425,000 for the next three years.
“I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to come to Wyoming and help the university continue moving toward its goal of becoming even more widely recognized as one of the top land-grant institutions in the country,” Sternberg said. “Of all the places in the country, Wyoming is the one where my wife and I most wanted to go.”
Board of Trustees President Dave Bostrom said Sternberg is a “great fit” for the University of Wyoming and the state.
“Collectively, we’ve agreed that this is the most important decision we will make during our tenure on the Board of Trustees, and every action we have taken has been made to ensure a successful outcome to this process,” he said.
Sternberg joined OSU in 2010, where his duties included serving as the university’s chief academics officer. He previously worked at Tufts University in Massachusetts, where he was the dean of the School of Arts and sciences from 2005-10, and he held multiple jobs at Yale University from 1975-2005.
Sternberg said his experiences at OSU will benefit him as he assumes his new post in Wyoming this summer.
“Oklahoma State and Wyoming are probably two of the most similar universities in the country. Both value and appreciate the deeper meaning of the land-grant mission, and that’s something I fully embrace,” Sternberg said.
OSU President Burns Hargis issued a statement Tuesday evening, saying: “We are sorry to see Bob leave and appreciate all that he has accomplished as provost. He has done a great job at OSU.
“He has worked hard to make necessary changes in academics, put us on the path to improve retention and graduation rates, helped us broaden admission efforts, and emphasized educating our students to be ethical leaders and productive citizens. We wish Bob and his family great success.”