TORRINGTON – In a hastily-called meeting Friday morning, the Eastern Wyoming College Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of Vice President of Student Services Donald Appiarius.
With all but one trustee attending the special meeting by telephone, Trustee Bob Baumgardner moved and Mike Varney seconded a motion to accept Appiarius’s resignation, effective immediately, and officially release him from his contract with the college effective Dec. 31.
Appiarius and another, unnamed EWC employee have been on paid administrative leave since late October after reports came to light of a Torrington Police Department investigation alleging Appiarius told resident advisors not to report incidents of underage drinking to police, if it was a first offense.
Appiarius started his employment with EWC on July 1 of this year. Since he’s been on paid leave, Appiarius’s duties have been split between Dr. Lesley Travers, president of the college, and Roger Humphrey, vice president of academic services at EWC.
Following the meeting, Travers said that arrangement would continue at least until the end of the semester in mid-December. Travers said she is currently looking at a variety of options including opening a national search for a new VPSS or to promote from within the college for someone to take over those responsibilities.
Watch the Wednesday, Dec. 5, Torrington Telegram for more on this story.