LARAMIE — Citing a desire to effect positive change, University of Wyoming Trustee John MacPherson, of Saratoga, has resigned from the UW Board of Trustees.
“(It) is my personal belief that change is inevitable and that a person has the responsibility to those with whom he works, as well as himself, to move on at some point and to do so graciously. That time has come for me,” MacPherson wrote in a letter to Board of Trustees President Dave True. “…I honestly believe that the interests of the University of Wyoming will be well served by my resignation, as my replacement will bring a fresh set of ideas and experiences to the board.”
A semi-retired attorney, MacPherson was appointed as a trustee by Gov. Matt Mead in 2011. He served as the board’s secretary in 2012-14, vice president in 2014-16 and president in 2016-18. He was reappointed by the governor in 2017.
“I appreciate John’s leadership on the UW Board of Trustees,” the governor says. “Throughout his legal career, he earned a reputation as thorough and well prepared. He has always been respectful of all individuals and views. He brought those skills and more to the Board of Trustees. He provided exemplary service to the University of Wyoming. The board will miss him.”
The governor will appoint a trustee to finish out MacPherson’s term, which runs until 2023.
Appointed by the governor with consent of the Wyoming State Senate, the UW Board of Trustees consists of 12 members appointed to six-year, staggered terms. As the institution’s governing body, the trustees have a broad range of responsibilities, including major policy and budgetary matters affecting the university.
“John MacPherson has provided great leadership to the university through his service as a trustee. It is my strong belief that he is leaving the university in a much stronger position than when he first came on the Board of Trustees,” True says. “Although I certainly appreciate his desire to move on and provide an opportunity for new and fresh ideas, he is leaving behind a tremendous hole. The entire board is grateful for John’s tenacity, thoughtful approach and leadership.”