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Dr. Allbritten is unanimous choice for Edison President

Eric Maze

Dr. Allbritten is unanimous choice for Edison President

CREATED Jun. 1, 2012 - UPDATED: Jun. 1, 2012

FORT MYERS, Fla. -  Edison State College's next president is a familiar face on campus.  The Board of Trustees Friday selected former Collier Campus President Dr. Jeffrey Allbritten as the successor to Dr. Ken Walker.

Allbritten was the unanimous choice of trustees, who had three finalists to consider. 

Allbritten's worked at five colleges over 25 years but some call him an "insider" since eight of those years were as Edison's Collier campus president - a job he just left in 2011.

"I made no bones about it," explained Allbritten about his departure, "Everybody at this institution [Edison] knew for the last two or three years that I was seeking my own college presidency."

Allbritten says he wants to return to southwest Florida to help the college "grow, become stronger and move forward."

Allbritten is stepping into a college rocked by scandal over the last year-and-a-half including: Fired president Ken walker's $540,000 settlement, allegations of racial discrimination, illegal course swapping, secret pay raises, nursing students being lied to, two former vice presidents suing the college and an accreditation now in jeopardy.

"I think the most important thing to look at is exactly what needs to be rebuilt," said Allbritten. "And for me, its structure. It's internal structure that led to some of the issues."

Issues the Macon State College president promises to turn around saying he'll transform what a recent audit called a "culture of fear" into a "culture of trust"  on the next president.