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Laurie Nichols, the University of Wyoming President, along with other top echelons of the academic administration, presented the proposed diversification and economic development strategies to the executive council of the Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming (ENDOW) in the second day of meetings. The meeting was held at Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center of the university. The council fine-tuned the draft recommendations needed for the report which was presented to Governor Matt Mead.
Need for entrepreneurship
Nicholas gave an outline of how the university partners ENDOW via its present and proposed diversification and economic development efforts. These efforts form a part of the implementation of the 2017-2022 strategic plan made by the UW. The UW president said that visits to different communities all over the state and through a number of campus listening sessions have filtered out a common topic: the need for being more entrepreneurial. The UW, he added, could do a lot more to foster this effort.
According to Nichols, the principal priority for this university, in partnership with community colleges is increasing the Wyoming citizen numbers having post-secondary degrees. The same solution is being pushed by ENDOW council. These comments were followed by the concerned UW officials outlining the UW plans. Michael Pishko, dean, UW College of Engineering and Applied Science, said that the institute to foster entrepreneurship and innovation continue to be in the final planning stages and is on its way to become a major player in UW's approach towards diversification and economic development. He assured his audience that students favor entrepreneurship as well.