Edison board of trustees approves VP Atkins' termination
FORT MYERS - Hundreds of people fill the packed auditorium during Edison's board of trustees meeting.
The meeting heated up when 23 students and faculty members aired their concerns with the college and president Ken Walker.
"I think it would be best for him to step aside,” one student said.
Tension builds for four hours as the board votes to uphold the termination of Dr. Steve Atkins. Vice President of Academic Affairs. Walker pushing for Atkins' termination a couple of weeks ago, citing insubordination and accusing Atkins of telling accreditation officials about problems at Edison without getting Walker’s permission.
"I'm very sad about that. We now have no real [Vice President of Academic Affairs]. We have no leadership." Professor Marty Ambrose said.
Professor Marty Ambrose has been with the college for 28 years. She says this is the worst it's ever been. "I have no respect for Dr. Walker."
When asked why she wants Walker to do, Ambrose said "I would like him to resign for the good of the school."
At the end of the meeting, we confronted Walker about whether he would resign.
"I have no plans to leave." Walker says he'll announce his retirement next year and will remain until Edison finds his replacement.
"i know there is a lot of support for me. I know there is a lot of opposition. But it is my belief there is more support than opposition." Walker said.
Atkins has hired an attorney. We just got a copy of his EEOC complaint which his attorney will be filing tomorrow morning.