University of Wyoming president reaches out to Native Americans

LaVerne Harmon named next president of Wilmington University in Delaware
By: | Issue: November, 2016
October 13, 2016

University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols has been traveling to local Native American reservations in an effort to improve recruitment of these students.

The initiative started in her previous position as provost at South Dakota State University. Wyoming’s Native American population is 2.5 percent, while the university’s is less than 1 percent.

Nichols has met with both the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone business councils. Their tribal populations are growing, which means more prospective students in the coming years.

“You really need to look at the diversity within the state, and, to the extent it can, the university should be a mirror image of that,” she said, according to published reports.

Other people news:

  • LaVerne Harmon will become the next president of Wilmington University in Delaware when she takes office in July 2017. At the institution since 1989, Harmon became executive vice president in 2014. 
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