It wasn't a typical Monday at Hastings College.
Professors and staff arrived at their offices and found shocking news in their email inboxes. Members of the HC Board of Trustees circulated around campus. Students churned the rumor mill.
Everyone had heard the announcement: President Dennis Trotter, appointed as the college's 15th president less than two years earlier, had resigned. Across campus, questions abounded: When did this happen? What's going to change?
And why did Trotter step down?
"We're not completely sure," said Hal Dittmer, chairman of the HC Board of Trustees, who spoke to students and faculty at three question-and-answer sessions on the campus Monday. "I think it's best to leave it at that until the administration discusses it. We need to wait for the heat of the moment to pass."