NAPLES, Fla.- At first, faculty and students were the only ones calling for new leadership at Edison State College. Now others in the Southwest Florida community are joining in.
Tuesday, the Naples Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to Edison's Board of Trustees. It comes in the wake of an accreditation scandal at the school, and a shake up within the administration.
Earlier this year, the school admitted to allowing some students to graduate after substituting the wrong courses. Then, over the past two months, several administrators have left the school -- either recommended to be fired by President Kenneth Walker, resigning, or retiring.
In the chamber's letter, it thanked Edison for years of positive contributions to Southwest Florida, but says the latest negative cloud surrounding the school is overwhelming.
The letter reads in part, "The 24,000 students annually attending Edison... and your 500 employees... are discomforted and demoralized."
Michael Reagen, president of the chamber, says the organization felt the time was right to send the message because of the new members on the Board of Trustees. Earlier this month, the governor appointed four new members.
Reagen says the chamber is not specifying how school leadership should change, which he says is up to the board to decide.
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