In 1976, the Wyoming Legislature charged the University of Wyoming with extending degree programs across the state. Through a unique partnership with Casper College, the University of Wyoming at Casper was born. After briefly leaving the campus in 1978, where UW relocated to the Wilson Building on the grounds of the State Children’s Home on 12th Street, it was reunited with its educational partner on the campus of Casper College in 1987, where it has remained. In 2014, UW-Casper moved into a beautiful new building on campus, which is shared with Casper College and partly funded by UW, solidifying the partnership between UW and Casper College and their shared commitment to serving the higher education needs of central Wyoming.
Through the vision and work of instrumental personnel – Pete Simpson, Renee Woodward, Maggi Murdock, Keith Miller, and Ed Flittie – UW-Casper opened in June with 130 students, growing their enrollment by more than 70 students the following semester. With three bachelor’s programs – social science, humanities and fine arts, and natural science and mathematics – and a master’s degree in business administration, UW-Casper began to take root in the community. Now 40 years later, UW delivers 18 bachelor’s degrees, 14 master’s degrees, six doctoral degrees, certificates, and endorsements to central Wyoming. UW-Casper has graduated more than 3,500 alumni, many of whom live and work in Natrona County.
Celebrate with UW-Casper on October 14 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Parkway Plaza in Casper. The event will honor Pete Simpson and Renee Woodward, as well as distinguished alumni, and will raise funds for a new student scholarship at UW-Casper. Tickets are available for $25 per person, and may be purchased at www.uwyo.edu/outreach/uwcasper/news/events.html.