The University of Wyoming Foundation recently sold the Y Cross ranch, a property gifted by Amy Davis and the Courtenay C. Davis Foundation in 1997 to provide students with an educational ranching experience and money for scholarships.
For years interested citizens have requested to see the original 1997 agreement between Amy Davis, the UW Foundation, and the Colorado State University Foundation. The document spelled out the terms for transferring ownership of the ranch LLC from the Davis family to the two foundations, and the conditions under which the ranch could be sold.
In 2011 the two university foundations moved to sell the ranch, and Davis filed a lawsuit protesting the sale. The case went all the way to the Wyoming Supreme Court, which ruled that Davis had no standing to sue because she was no longer an owner of the LLC.
The University of Wyoming Foundation has declined to make the original 1997 agreement public, citing donor confidentiality. However, as mentioned in UW Foundation board member Frank Mendicino’s recent column published in WyoFile, the document is publicly available through the Laramie County Clerk of District Court.
WyoFile obtained the document through the clerk, and paid an $18 fee to access the record, which appears below.