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Nichols Responds To FOIA Ruling In Wyoming
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Black Hills State University

The new Black Hills State University President is responding to a ruling by a Wyoming judge over releasing documents related to her dismissal from the University of Wyoming.

Following Laurie Nichols’ departure with Wyoming’s flagship university in March, the Casper Star-Tribune and WyoFile filed multiple records request related to the decision.

Nichols calls it an interesting situation.

“The University refused to release records on my non-renewal and the paper sued saying they felt they had a right to see them,” Nichols says. “That has been in court. The judge has been working with those two in making a ruling on public records requests. The judge has come forth with a ruling on it that some—most, many records will be released. Some will not. I believe they will remain sealed for 30 days in case the University would like to appeal it to the Supreme Court, and I do not know what they’re thinking of doing at this point.”

According to reporting by the Star-Tribune and WyoFile, Nichols’ renewal was thwarted by an investigation into Nichols’ conduct.

Nichols started as interim president of Black Hills State in July and was permanently instated as Black Hills State President two weeks ago.