Newly elected CWI trustee resigns abruptly

Four months after her election, a College of Western Idaho trustee has resigned.

Fellow trustees accepted April Baylon-Mendoza’s resignation during an emergency session Monday. The move came days after Baylon-Mendoza came under criticism for Facebook comments about two Treasure Valley legislators.

“I will always be proud of my Idaho roots and my District 22 but I am officially putting you on notice, Representative John Vander Woude and your spawn of Satan, Senator Lori Den Hartog. I’m coming for you,” Baylon-Mendoza wrote Friday.

Den Hartog is Vander Woude’s daughter.

According to Nicole Foy of the Idaho Statesman, who first reported on the Facebook flap, Baylon-Mendoza resigned on Thursday, the day before she wrote the Facebook post.

On Sunday, Ada County Republicans called on Baylon-Mendoza to resign, Foy reported.

April Baylon-Mendoza

“While I am sure there are many questions surrounding my resignation, I will answer those questions simply: I am unable to devote the necessary time and attention that this office deserves due to unforeseen, personal circumstances,” Baylon-Mendoza said in her resignation letter, obtained by Idaho Education News. “I regard this role with the utmost respect, and it is only right that it should be filled with an individual whose circumstances allow focused attention to the role without undue disruption.”

Baylon-Mendoza is resigning because she is moving to Columbia, Mo., to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Missouri, Foy reported.

Baylon-Mendoza was elected to a four-year term in November, receiving 51 percent of the vote and defeating founding trustee Mary Niland.

Her resignation means the remaining four board members will look for an appointee in CWI’s trustee Zone 3, which includes Nampa, Kuna and portions of Meridian.

“We are deeply dedicated to the very important work of advancing the college and to serving our students and communities here in the Treasure Valley,” board chair Molly Lenty said Monday.



Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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