University of Wyoming Trustee John MacPherson of Saratoga announced his resignation from the UW Board of Trustees.

According to UW, MacPherson cited the desire to effect positive change as among the reasons for his resignation.

“(It) is my personal belief that change is inevitable and that a person has the responsibility to those with whom he works, as well as himself, to move on at some point and to do so graciously. That time has come for me,” MacPherson wrote in a letter to Board of Trustees President Dave True. “…I honestly believe that the interests of the University of Wyoming will be well served by my resignation, as my replacement will bring a fresh set of ideas and experiences to the board.”

MacPherson is a semi-retired attorney who was appointed by Gov. Matt Mead in 2011. He served as secretary on the board in 2012-14, vice president in 2014-16 and president in 2016-18. He was then reappointed by Gov. Mead in 2017.

Gov. Mead said he appreciates MacPherson’s leadership on the UW Board of Trustees and that he will be missed.

“Throughout his legal career, he earned a reputation as thorough and well prepared,” Gov. Mead said in a statement.  “He has always been respectful of all individuals and views. He brought those skills and more to the Board of Trustees. He provided exemplary service to the University of Wyoming.”

MacPherson’s term runs until 2023. Gov. Mead will appoint a trustee to finish out his term.

Trustee President True said Macpherson is leaving the university a much stronger place than when he first came on the Board of Trustees.

“Although I certainly appreciate his desire to move on and provide an opportunity for new and fresh ideas, he is leaving behind a tremendous hole,” True said. “ The entire board is grateful for John's tenacity, thoughtful approach and leadership.”