Eastern Wyoming College has announced that two of the final candidates in the presidential search will have open forums next week, April 10-13.
Finalist Darrell L. Wilkes, Ph.D. will be on the Torrington Campus on Monday, April 10th with an open forum being held in the EWC Fine Arts Auditorium, 1:30 – 2:45 pm. Dr. Wilkes will be on the Douglas Campus on Tuesday, April 11th for an open forum to be held at 11:00 am – Noon in the Multi-Purpose Room.
Finalist Doug Zalesky, Ph.D. will have an open forum on the Torrington Campus on Wednesday, April 12th, 1:30 – 2:45 pm in the EWC Fine Arts Auditorium. Dr. Zalesky will be at the Douglas Campus for an open forum on Thursday, April 13th, 11:00 am – Noon in the Multi-Purpose Room.
Community members, students and others who are interested are invited to attend all open forums. These events are free and open to the public and input will be solicited.
Dr. Wilkes is from Hawk Springs, WY and received a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Wyoming in 1978, a Master of Science in Animal Science/Breeding and Genetics from the University of Wyoming in 1980 and a Doctor of Philosophy, Quantitative Genetics from The Ohio State University in 1983.
He is currently serving as an adjunct instructor for Eastern Wyoming College where he teaches Reproductive Management. He is also currently operating Wilkes Angus Ranch located in Hawk Springs.
From 2014-2016, he served as the Genetic Solutions Manager at Thomas Angus Ranch. He was a District Sales Manager, U.S. Beef Supply Systems Manager, President and CEO, PowerLine Beef Genetics, Inc during his career with ABS Global which spanned from 2002-2013. He was the co-founder, Vice President of Supply and Vice President of Investor Relations at Future Beef Operations from 1997-2002. Dr. Wilkes was the Founder and President of Integrated Beef Technologies, LLC from 1994-1997. He worked for the National Cattlemen’s Association from 1983-1994 where he was the Director of Production and Technical Services for three years and then the Vice President of Research and Industry Information.
Dr. Wilkes was a recipient of the James Middleswarth Memorial Scholarship in 1973, served the University of Wyoming Student Senate in 1976 and was a two-term President of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He was recognized as the L.E. Kunkle Outstanding Graduate Student at The Ohio State University in 1982, Distinguished Alumni of The Ohio State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in 1984 and Beef Business Manager of the Year for ABS Global in 2006-2007 and 2009-2010. He is a member of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, American Angus Association, American Simmental Association, Beef Improvement Federation, Torrington Rotary Club and serves as a Director on the Eastern Wyoming College Foundation.
He was born in Longmont, CO and moved to Wyoming in 1966 where he has owned a ranch since 1987. His wife is GayLynn and he is a father to three children: Kelsi, Dillon and Ali.
Dr. Doug Zalesky is from Laramie, WY. He received an Associate of Science from Eastern Wyoming College, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in animal science, production, a Master of Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in animal science, physiology of reproduction and endocrinology and Doctorate from Texas A & M University in Physiology of Reproduction and Endocrinology. He did post-doctoral research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in reproductive endocrinology.
He has served as the Director of the Laramie Research and Extension Center (LREC) for the University of Wyoming since 2011. From 2000-2010 he was the Manager/Research Scientist at Colorado State University, San Juan Basin Research Center in Hesperus, CO. He was the Extension Beef Specialist for South Dakota State University from 1993-2000. He held the same position for Louisiana State University from 1991-1993. He held several Instructor, Research Assistant and Research Technician positions while completing his education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and at Texas A&M University.
At the University of Wyoming he has taught Equine Reproduction, Equine Management, Management of Reproduction, Breeding Soundness Evaluation, Equine Behavior and Welfare and Intellectual Communication in Animal and Veterinary Sciences. He has also been an adjunct instructor at San Juan Community College and Pueblo Community College/Southwest Campus.
Dr. Zalesky received the Mauro Procknor Memorial Award – Physiology of Reproduction, Department of Animal Science, from Texas A&M University in 1986, the Dr. A.M. “Tony” Sorensen, Jr. Achievement Award, Physiology of Reproduction, Department of Animal Science from Texas A&M University in 1988 and the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Service Award, Baton Rouge, LA in 1992. He received a Certificate of Merit Award from South Dakota Extension Specialist Association in 1995, Friends of 4-H Award from LaPlata County 4-H Association in 2006 and Firefighter of the Year in 2007 from the Fort Lewis Mesa Fire Department. He was recognized as the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus from Eastern Wyoming College.
He also has a great deal of community service and volunteerism. He has published in over 20 publications, 39 peer review abstracts, and 12 extension publications.
Additional open forums will be held in Torrington and Douglas for the following final candidates:
- Travers – April 18, 1:30-2:45 pm, Auditorium, Torrington Campus
April 19, 11:00-Noon, Multi-Purpose Room, Douglas Campus
- Long – April 20, 1:30-2:45 pm, Auditorium, Torrington Campus
April 21, 11:00-Noon, Multi-Purpose Room, Douglas Campus
- McCalla – April 24, 1:30-2:45 pm, Auditorium, Torrington Campus
April 25, 11:00-Noon, Multi-Purpose Room, Douglas Campus
- Carstens – April 27, 1:30-2:45 pm, Auditorium, Torrington Campus
April 28, 11:00-Noon, Multi-Purpose Room, Douglas Campus
For more information on the Presidential Search at Eastern Wyoming College call 307.532.8303.
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