Unlike their neighbors in Utah, Wyoming residents won't know if the best man or woman was chosen to head the University of Wyoming.
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead chose to let HB223, which made the names of candidates for college and university presidencies secret under the state's open-records law, become law without his signature on Feb. 8. Wyoming law requires the governor to act on a bill within three days of receiving it.
"By not affixing my signature to this bill I wanted to express my concern about creating another exemption from disclosure under the Public Records Act," Mead said in a statement issued by his office. "I did, however, want the search process at the University of Wyoming to play out under the conditions established for the applicants who put their names forward. I do not want to change the process midstream."