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Opinion: UW Science Initiative Building

In his proposed budget, governor Mead is supporting the release of $100 million dollars to begin construction on the Science Initiative Building at the University of Wyoming. Senator Eli Bebout has said that he will oppose the funding as it is “not the right time.”

I served on the UW board of trustees for 12 years, and I support Senator Bebout’s position on this issue completely. UW has faced $42 million in cuts to date. The staff and faculty have not had raises in years, and the President reports that they have slightly less than 400 filled positions since the decline. It is past time for the University of Wyoming to focus on people, not buildings.

A new science building will not make UW a tier 1 facility as Mead claims. Investing that money in faculty that deliver world shaping research, and in our students who are the future of this state, and in the staff that provide critical support, is the only responsible way to deliver that money to UW. Let me reiterate, great buildings do not make a great university, great minds do.

 


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