Eastern Wyoming College vice-president resigns after investigation

December 1, 2018

TORRINGTON — The Eastern Wyoming College Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of Donald Appiarius, vice president of student services, in a special meeting Friday.

According to the college, Appiarius originally began at the college on July 1. He will be officially released from the remainder of his contract on Dec. 31. Appiarius was previously placed in administrative leave by the college following allegations that he had ordered residential advisers to ignore alcohol use on-campus on the first offense. The allegations launched an investigation by the Torrington Police Department and later the college.

Lesley Travers, EWC president, said her office was careful in its investigation of the situation, although she was unable to go into the investigation’s results.

“Anytime you’re working with another administrator, one of your colleagues, you want to make sure you do the very best you can,” she said. “You want to have all the pieces together, you want to make sure you look at everything.”

When asked about her opinion about Appiarius, Travers said he was dedicated to his students.

“He knew every one of their names,” she said. “The students really like him.”

Since Appiarius was placed on administrative leave, the other college executives have taken over student service roles as the college begins to search for a vice president of student services

“We’re just going to sit down and look at a couple of options,” Travers said. “One could be to promote within and grow our own vice president of student services, another could be that we promote (Vice President of Academics Roger Humphrey) to executive VP and bring in a dean of student services, or we could go out on a national search for another VPSS.”

In the meantime, Travers said the college will also be looking for a new residents hall director to take over housing responsibilities in the upcoming semester.

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