Former Oklahoma State University Provost Robert Sternberg resigned as the University of Wyoming president Thursday at a media conference Thursday.
His resignation is effective Dec. 31, but the vice president for academic affairs, Dick McGinity, will perform the duties of president, effective immediately.
Sternberg began his position July 1 under a three-year contract with an annual base salary of $425,000. He will be paid $325,000 for the following year, under the terms of his separation.
“I care a great deal about this university,” Sternberg said in a statement. “And I have come to realize that as wonderful as the University of Wyoming is, it may not be the best fit for me as president. So I tendered my resignation today to the Board of Trustees.”
The board President David Bostrom spoke about this matter at the conference.
“At a meeting of the board today, we accepted Bob’s resignation with understanding but appreciate his sensitivity to the overall needs of the university and its future," he said. "We are grateful for what Bob has done for our institution and wish him the very best in his future endeavors.
“The board fully accepts and endorses the personnel changes and changes in direction at the university that have taken place in the last several months that emphasize and reinforce the university’s land-grant mission with service to the people of Wyoming, its state government and the economy.”
Sternberg joined OSU in 2010 as provost.
In February, The UW Board of Trustees unanimously voted Sternberg as the 24th president upon President Tom Buchanan’s retiring.
This story will be updated as more information is available.