Smooth transition for EWC in Critical Area

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 • 11:18 am

Eastern Wyoming College has announced a change in the administrative position of Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services.  Bob Cox, the current VP, has announced that he has accepted the Chief Financial Officer position at Aims Community College in Greeley, CO. 
During his four year tenure at EWC, Mr. Cox played a key role in many strategic and infrastructure advancements at the College.  His accomplishments include serving a key role in the work to pass a sales tax initiative passed by the voters of Converse County last November to allow for the construction of a new building that will serve the students in Converse County.
He led efforts to improve campus energy efficiency including new windows, light fixtures, HVAC units, direct digital controls and an energy management system.   In addition, Mr. Cox was instrumental in the College’s completion of a comprehensive Master Facility Plan.  This plan will allow the College to move forward with new infrastructure and building projects in a progressive fashion.
Mr. Cox spearheaded efforts to advance a competitive compensation package, helping the College recruit and retain personnel and also led efforts to increase efficiency in bookstore operations.
“I feel we were able to make great headway in the last four years and wish all the best as the College moves forward with the Master Plan and focus on those programs that make Eastern……Eastern Wyoming College,” commented Mr. Cox.
The College also announced that previous Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services Ron Laher will be returning to the College to replace Mr. Cox.
“Ron was the VP when I arrived at Eastern Wyoming College five years ago.  He always provided a sense of security regarding financial affairs.  He and our current VP, Bob Cox, knew each other for years and worked well together.  Bob has led several critical initiatives to refresh and renovate the campus.  His background with Wyoming higher education, the legislature, and financing skills will be missed,” shared EWC President Dr. Tom Armstrong.
“We have been fortunate at Eastern and wish Bob the best of luck at his new position in Colorado; we are fortunate that we will have a seamless transition with Ron.  It’s great to have him back on board.”
After Mr. Laher left the Torrington area in 2009, he became the Assistant to the Chair in the Department of Psychology at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware.  There he was responsible for the oversight of all business activities within the department such as finance, human resources, federal and state grants administration, purchasing, and facilities management.
He later joined Rosemont College as the Controller.  At Rosemont he was responsible for supporting the Vice President for Finance and Administration.  Chief among his duties were the full responsibility of the general ledger, budgeting, and financial forecasting.  He also supervised the Office of Student Accounts/Bursar’s Office (which included accounts payable), General Office (switchboard reception and copying), Payroll Office, and Mailroom operations.  From October 2011 to February 2012 he was appointed and served at the Interim Vice President for Finance and Administration.
Mr. Laher shared that he is looking forward to the challenging administrative position within higher education that capitalizes on his work experience and allows him to support his family in the Torrington area.
The transition from Mr. Cox to Mr. Laher will take place later in June.

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