University of Wyoming officials will soon advertise for a new leader after their current president, Dick McGinity, announced his intentions to resign at the end of the 2015-16 school year.  

On Monday, the university released a draft of the job announcement and a copy of the presidential profile, outlining the qualifications they are seeking.

Both documents will be used to attract a new face to Old Main when the university begins advertising in August. First, officials are giving the public until July 3 to weigh in. People can email their comments to uw.presidential.search@uwyo.edu.

The two ads begin by selling the university, its location, the amount of state money it receives and its role within the state. The documents then outline the type of candidates being targeted. The presidential profile reads:

"The best candidate will have excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills, a high energy level, experience as a successful fundraiser, and an ability to work closely with an involved citizen legislature and governmental officials. S/he must bring knowledge of the many academic and business issues facing higher education in Wyoming and the nation and have the ability to develop successful strategies to address them."

The specific qualities sought after include education experience, leadership ability, a "bold" vision, a track record of raising money and experience with university sports, as well as "candor and sense of humor." 

The drafts will be presented to trustees during a July 14-17 board meeting. 

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At the meeting, trustees are also expected to name the search consultant firm they plan to hire and announce the members of two search committees.

Five trustees, two faculty members, two staff members, two students, one foundation board member and two external members will comprise the committees. 

In addition to a search firm, a search "recruiter" will also be enlisted to assist in the search, a position that former trustee Brad Mead will likely take on, according to the university. 

Monday's announcement came a week after the university laid out its timeline for selecting a new president, announcing they would likely select a new president within the next eight months. 

At that time, the university also announced that candidates would remain unnamed until roughly next January when a pool of roughly five finalists is announced. 

UW President Dick McGinity said in March he planned to resign at the end of the 2015-16 school year. McGinity took over in November 2014 after Bob Sternberg resigned just a few months into his tenure. 

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