FORT MYERS, Fla. - Ahead of Tuesday's Board of Trustees meeting, Edison State College President Kenneth Walker released a breakdown of his current compensation, including a 178,952.21 proposed reduction. The college says he makes about $832,000 in total compensation.
But WINK News has seen documents that put that number over a million. The cut follows a month of dispute over Walker's salary, the hiring and promotion of friend, Dr. James Browder, and a faculty vote of no confidence in the top leaders at Edison.
"I just wanted to show that my commitment is to Edison State College, and if people thought that was an unreasonably high figure, I am willing to reduce it," Walker said.
His proposal includes at $12,400 drop in base salary, with cuts to retirement, deferred compensation, housing allowance, annuity and annual leave payout, bringing total compensation to $653,172.79.
"We're going to work real hard to resolve the issues and differences and put the college back on that positive smooth path it had been on for 20 years," Walker said.
While Walker would like to see the extra money go toward needy students, the board will ultimately decide where it goes in the college budget. Students have a few proposals of their own.
"I could see it going to the library to get new books because I sometimes have trouble finding a book that I'm supposed to have in my class, and not everyone can afford them," student Raquel Bolton said.
"Definitely the government program they have here, the more we have into the system, the more you can actually give out to those students as well as the community," student Christian Johnson said.
At Tuesday's board of trustees meeting, President Kenneth Walker will also give a progress update on his 6-point action plan addressing recent faculty concerns.