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Naples Chamber wants "new leadership" at Edison

Naples Chamber wants "new leadership" at Edison

By Andre Senior. CREATED Nov 22, 2011

NAPLES - The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce has asked Edison State College's board of trustees to "seek new leadership."

Edison has been facing controversy over the last year, including a course swapping scandal.

The chamber fired off a letter to the board requesting that changes be made in the administration ranks right way.

The letter reads in part: “We urge you to take immediate action to seek new leadership to begin to refresh Edison State College so that it may immediately emerge to continue to assist advancing the lives of all in Southwest Florida.”

So, does the chamber want Edison State College President Ken Walker out?

“If we wanted someone removed we would have said so," said Chamber CEO Michael Reagan.

"What we're saying to the board of trustees is that now is the time for them to swiftly and wisely make decisions and set things in motion to begin to correct what's going on," said Reagan, "and now have this process continue on for many more months."

The letter reinforces what the union for the Edison faculty has been asking the board of trustees to do.

“I was glad that other people in the community are being aware of this and seeing the affect that it's having on the rest of the college,” said union president Ellie Bunting.

The Edison faculty union has taken things a step further by requesting the board fire President Walker outright. “

Yes we would definitely like to see him gone," said Bunting. "Because we really want to move on.”

Fox 4 reached out to Edison officials and some board members for their thoughts on the letter but did not hear back.

The board meets again next Tuesday.

Walker will announce at that meeting an accelerated timeline for when he plans to leave the college.

Naples Chamber Web site