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Two people walk on the University of Wyoming campus. Dave True will have his title changed from president to chairman of the UW Board of Trustees if the Wyoming Legislature passes house Bill 41.

LARAMIE (WNE) — The University of Wyoming is likely to lose a president this year. No, not Laurie Nichols.

Dave True, the president of UW’s board of trustees, will have his title changed to “chairman” if, as expected, the Legislature passes House Bill 41.

HB 41 was drafted at the behest of UW, primarily to make that change to True’s title.

Despite UW's preference, True's title is currently “president” largely because state statute lays out the board’s structure and uses that title in all instances.

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The bill easily passed the House on Jan. 16 and the Senate’s education committee unanimously signed off on the bill Monday. 

Meredith Asay, UW’s governmental relations director, has taken the lead role in convincing legislators to support the change. Having Nichols and True sharing the title “president” is a “little bit confusing,” she told legislators this month.

It’s just a semantic change, but the proposal will be notable deviation from the board’s 128-year formal history.

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