TORRINGTON – The Eastern Wyoming Board of Trustees held an emergency board meeting Friday, April 15 at 11:30 a.m.
According to a note left on the front of Eastern Wyoming College, the emergency meeting was called to discuss personnel and went directly into executive session.
The Telegram was tipped off about the meeting early Friday afternoon and was allowed into the meeting at 3:13 p.m., when trustee John Patrick notified our Publisher the meeting was open to the public.
'I guess, Rob (Mortimore), if we could, to ask for your common courtesy. After you were at last Tuesday's meeting, we would ask for the common courtesy of allowing us to inform faculty and staff before a press release would go out to the public," board chair Bob Baumgartner said.
"Did you notify them that you were here now? They could be here right now," Mortimore asked.
"This is an emergency meeting," Baumgartner said.
"Right, I'm aware of that and I get that," Mortimore said. "But, you could have notified them if you were going to come back out into an open meeting. They could be here, just like I am."
"Again, we're just asking for your common courtesy," Baumgartner said.
"We did come out of executive session and we tendered Dr. Travers' letter of resignation and we have appointed Dr. Rick Patterson as our interim president," Baumgartner said.
According to Baumgartner, there was a motion, seconded and vote taken by the board, but the Telegram was not present for the vote.
"Yes, there was a motion, seconded and we voted on it," he said. "It was a unanimous vote to accept the resignation and a unanimous vote to accept Dr. Patterson as the interim president."
Moments later, Baumgartner asked if there was a motion to move into executive session for personnel. Patrick made the motion, which was seconded by trustee Randy Adams. The board went back into executive session at 3:16 p.m.