Gov. Mead supports single four-year university

The governor spoke at a conference for journalists on Jan. 13.

By Will Hebert


LARAMIE—Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead said at the Wyoming Press Association conference on Friday, J

an. 13, he would like Laramie County Community College to have a long-term view regarding funding and the proposed University of Wyoming outreach building on the LCCC campus.

Mead said he worked with community college presidents to determine the funding community colleges will receive for capital construction projects.

"We worked with the presidents and the community college groups to try to figure out a better way to do it because the first number they proposed was too large," Mead said.

Mead said LCCC's recent hiring of Dr. Joe Schaffer as president was good for the college and said a previous concern for the college was having a long-term plan for proposed buildings.

"I did not fund LCCC because I just haven't had the time with the new president to see what the long-term plan is," Mead said.

Mead also said he would like Wyoming to strengthen its community colleges but keep only one four-year university in the state. Mead said neighboring states with multiple four-year colleges often have problems getting funding for those institutions.

"I think it is almost a divide and conquer," he said. "I think we should have one university. That is the University of Wyoming, but the flipside of that is have very strong community colleges."

Mead said he believed in strong career and technical education and said UW and the community colleges should not view one another as competition but should view their relations as a partnership.