At a special-called Tuesday meeting, the commission heard the results of an audit from the S.C. Technical College System. After hearing the results, Dr. Townsend felt it was best if he resigned, said Jim Hayes, chairman of the commission.
Dr. Townsend made his announcement to the DTC Area Commission after they returned to open session from convening in executive session, Hayes said.
The commission voted to offer the interim presidency to Dr. Joanne Boyd-Scotland, who is the president emeritus of DTC, until a new president is found, he said.
Hayes was given the authority to form a search committee for the new DTC president which will be comprised of three members: Hayes, Montez Martin Jr. who is the chairman of the S.C. State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education, and the president of one of DTC's sister colleges in the 16-school S.C. State Technical College System, Hayes said.
No further details were available because "the report is not complete at this time," said Kelly C. Steinhilper, director of communications/creative and strategic development for the S.C. Technical College System. "It is still an ongoing investigation."
The report is not ready to be released at this time, she said.
Dr. Townsend became DTC's tenth president in January 2010.