Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Vote of "No Confidence" for President Passes at Edison State College

Fort Myers, FL – Faculty at Edison State College have sent a message to the Board of Trustees that they have lost confidence in the leadership of President Ken Walker.

More than 100 out of 141 full-time faculty members participated in the vote which was a test of confidence in the leadership of President Ken Walker and Vice President James Browder.  Eighty-four of those who voted said they had "no confidence" in Edison's top administrators.

The vote follows a month of turmoil where the Vice President of Academic Affairs resigned,  the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees stepped down, and we uncovered secret payouts to a former administrator, Noreen Thomas, who left just as Dr. James Browder joined the college as a Vice President of Operations.   Browder was later given a raise and new responsibilities following Thomas' departure.

Faculty planned to take the no confidence vote late last month, but Walker called a meeting to discuss their concerns.  In a letter, he agreed to re-assign Browder to a different role and remove him from all academic responsibilities.

Tuesday's vote comes a day before an emergency meeting of the Edison State College Board of Trustees to discuss faculty concerns.   Stay tuned to Fox 4 for more on this developing story.

Credit to Fox 4 News, Cape Coral/Fort Myers, Florida 

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