In a state of 560,000 people, it's the only four year institution.
So the title of president of the University of Wyoming comes with great responsibility, maybe more than most other four year institutions.
"He needs to be friendly, be able to talk with Legislators, ranchers, coal miners, oil rig people. You have to be versed in a number of things," said Fred Emerich, a UW alum.
"They need to be able to make a timely decision. They need to make a fair comprehensive decision and they need to understand the uniqueness of our great state and our university," said Jack Speight, a UW alum.
The university has hired Greenwood/Asher and Associates to recruit candidates for the job. This week they are traveling the state asking Wyoming residents what's important to them about their next president and accepting nominations for the Board of Trustees to consider. It's a unique approach to hiring a high profile position, but those in attendance at Tuesday's meeting in Cheyenne think that's the way it should be.
"Too often in the past it's been a good old boys club deciding who the next president will be," Speight said.
"There is every chance in the world for input, so it's a good process. Like it," Emerich said.
I came over to the campus of UW to speak to students about the search for a new president and it became clear what issues are important to them.
"I just think we need more parking in general. I don't like having to walk across that parking lot when it's super cold and no more parking around the dorms," said Hannah Crank.
"I feel like the biggest complaint by students is there isn't enough parking and even if you buy a permit you're not guaranteed that you can find a spot near your dorm," said Laura Gross.
"I would definitely like there to be specialized Greek parking so that we an park in front of our own house instead of other people parking there," said Abbi Smith.
Others like Chad Rinker hope to see things stay how they were under President Buchanan.
"It's fun, it's great to be here and all that stuff. So I wouldn't like to see a change at all really if that's possible," Rinker said.
If you can't get to a meeting you can still give your input or nominate someone at uwyo.edu.
The Board of Trustees hopes to select a new president by late February of next year.