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Edison Board fires Dr. Ken Walker with cause

Edison Board fires Dr. Ken Walker with cause

CREATED Jan 24, 2012 - UPDATED: Jan 24, 2012

FORT MYERS - Long-time Edison State College president Dr. Ken Walker was officially given the boot Tuesday, capping a year of scandals at the college.

After a string of scandals threatened Edison's reputation and accreditation, board members voted unanimously to fire the longtime president.

The move comes after a law firm hired by the college determined Walker violated his contract by demonstrating "a failure in leadership." 

Board members say Walker's management style became threatening and secretive, while he collected a growing salary and benefits package reaching near $1 million a year.

Walker was placed on administrative leave eight weeks ago.  But he was still getting paid, collecting nearly $70,000 since November to sit at home. 

Tuesday's vote immediately put a stop to that cutting off all paychecks and benefits.

Walker is planning to fight the firing. He has hired an attorney and is accusing the board of violating his contract. 

The college has now hired a presidential search firm. They hope to have a new president in place by this fall.