Published: Mar 29, 2011 8:05 PM EDT
Updated: Mar 29, 2011 5:05 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla -  The follwoing is a letter issued by Dr. Kenneth Walker regarding the possible departure of Dr. James Browder at Edison State College.  The letter is in reaction to a vote of no confidence by the faculty regarding Dr. Browder.  The faculty requested that Dr. Browder be removed from his duties at Edison State College.

Letter from Dr. Kenneth Walker, President of Edison State College:

Dr. James Browder approached me on Monday and expressed his desire to put the well-being and the best interests of the College and our students above his personal and professional goals. A consummate professional, he offered to accept reassignment to another position off-campus or to leave employment with the College if that should be necessary. He understands the need to bring stability back to College operations.

As a result of the motion by the faculty, which was adopted Monday afternoon, I am assessing various options regarding Dr. Browder’s position with Edison State College. I will be consulting with our District Board of Trustees who will ultimately make the decision.

I want to express my appreciation to the faculty leadership for continuing to work with me as we address concerns and move forward in a collegial, cooperative and professional manner. We have excellent professors who do an outstanding job teaching our students. At Edison State College we all share the core mission of serving students and providing them with a top-quality education. It has been my pleasure to work with our faculty and staff for 20 years; I look forward to continuing our collaborative relationship.

Kenneth P. Walker

District President