Dr. Kim Farley has served as Vice President for Student Learning at Western since 2014. She received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Wyoming, Master’s in Public Administration from Texas Tech University, and Ph.D. in Political Science from Texas Tech University. Both of her graduate degrees emphasized environmental and energy policy. Kim began her academic career as a graduate instructor at Texas Tech and then was hired as an assistant professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She returned to Texas Tech for a year as a visiting assistant professor. She has also taught as an adjunct instructor at several colleges and universities. During her years as a teacher, Kim taught undergraduate and graduate courses in American Government, Public Policy, Public Administration, and Environmental and Energy Policy, among others. Kim worked as an environmental scientist, regulatory specialist, and policy analyst for 10 years in the environmental and energy consulting field for Argonne National Laboratory and other federal contractors. Prior to coming to Western, she was Associate Dean of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Milwaukee Area Technical College for 13 years. Kim is a native of Wyoming, but lived in Texas, Washington D.C. (3 times), Green Bay, Albuquerque, and Milwaukee before coming back to Wyoming. She has two children and two grandchildren who reside in Milwaukee and Salt Lake City. She enjoys travel, gardening, reading, and gourmet cooking.
Dr. Philip Parnell is Western’s Vice President for Student Services. Dr. Parnell began working in higher education over 20 years ago after leaving the United States Air Force, where he was a commissioned officer in charge of the operation of intercontinental ballistic missiles. Since entering the field of higher education, Dr. Parnell has worked in the areas of recruiting, admissions, registrar affairs, distance education, student health, enrollment management and marketing as well as academic affairs. This includes an eight-year stint working for the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education, where he helped to design and build the state’s common course numbering system. Since coming to Western, he has been responsible for recruitment, admissions, records, financial aid, student health, student life, residence life, campus police, athletics, and student success/advising. He works closely with the Student Government Association as well. Dr. Parnell earned his bachelor’s degree in English and education from Henderson State University in Arkansas. He earned his master’s degree and doctorate in the field of educational leadership from the University of North Dakota in 2000 and 2004 respectively. He is married to JoAnn and has three children.
Prior to joining Western in 2019 as the Vice President for Administrative Services, Wm. Burt Reynolds graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree while working full-time in the banking industry. Three years after graduating, he returned to his alma mater and began serving students at UTSA in the auxiliary services department. While working at UTSA he earned a Master of Business Administration degree and became certified in customer service and auxiliary services by each respective international professional organization. He also served as an elected officer during his tenure as a member of the UTSA Staff Council. Burt currently serves as chair for the National Association of College Auxiliary Services’ Communication Services Committee. He published articles internationally in leading industry publications and has presented at local and national conferences on auxiliary services. He and his wife, Ana, have three children attending school in Rock Springs. They all love spending time outdoors and enjoy all that Wyoming and the Rock Springs area have to offer.