Edison professor says e-mails hacked after speaking out

CREATED May 3, 2011

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FORT MYERS - An Edison State College professor says her e-mails were accessed without her knowledge after she spoke out publicly against former VP of Operations Dr. James Browder.

While Browder is now gone from the college, faculty union representative and English professor Marty Ambrose says he tried to discredit her, and others, who were vocal against him.

"We can not work with Dr. Browder and that is my opinion," Ambrose said at a faculty meeting a month ago to loud applause.

She had called Browder's leadership style "aggressive" and was among the most vocal, openly calling for him to resign in the lead up to the faculty's vote of no confidence.

Now, in a complaint to the college, Ambrose allege's Browder's assistant accessed her e-mails without her permission, showing them to fellow professor Russell Swanson, who then showed the e-mails to her.

Accessing someone else's e-mails without their permission is against college policy and federal law.

So why would someone from Browder's staff illegally access Amrbsose's e-mails?

"I have no idea," she said.

Ambrose says she hasn't ruled out suing the college. Right now she's waiting on the results of their internal investigation.

"It seems to me that there's some kind of attempt there to discredit me as a person," she said. "I'm repelled and appalled. That's not the way we work at the college."

Fox 4 reached out to Edison State College for comment but our calls were not returned.