By Chris Day
STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State University Provost and Vice President Robert Sternberg has been selected as the University of Wyoming's 24th president.
The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees offered Sternberg a contract on Tuesday. He will take office July 1. He succeeds Wyoming President Tom Buchanan, who is retiring. The terms of Sternberg's contract are still being finalized. It will be a three-year contract with an annual base salary of $425,000.
"I'm thrilled to have this opportunity to come to Wyoming and help the university continue moving toward its goal of becoming even more widely recognized as one of the top land-grant institutions in the country," Sternberg said. "Of all the places in the country, Wyoming is the one where my wife and I most wanted to go."
Sternberg came to Oklahoma State University in August 2010. He served as OSU's chief academic officer. He oversaw all its various colleges and campuses. He was vice chairman of the OSU Center for Innovation and Economic Development, which helps fosters start-up companies based on research and innovation of OSU professors.
"Oklahoma State and Wyoming are probably two of the most similar universities in the country. Both value and appreciate the deeper meaning of the land-grant mission, and that's something I fully embrace," Sternberg said.
Oklahoma State held a national search when it was searching for a provost/vice president. Several candidates interviewed for the position in 2010. Sternberg succeeded Marlene Strathe, who returned to the faculty.