Walker resigns amidst Chronicle controversy

Category:  News
Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 at 6:08 PM
Walker resigns amidst Chronicle controversy by Dakota Palmer
Photo: Allison Duda

In an email sent out to faculty, staff, students and members of the community tonight, Kenn Marshall, media relations manager for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) revealed that Edinboro President Dr. H. Fred Walker is resigning effective March 30.

“We thank Dr. Walker for his service to Edinboro University over the past two years,” said PASSHE Interim Chancellor Dr. Karen Whitney in the email. “I respect his decision and wish him well.”

Dr. Michael Hannan, university provost and vice president for academic and student affairs, will serve as acting president until the PASSHE Board of Governors takes further action. 

“We are pleased that Dr. Hannan is both willing and well prepared to lead Edinboro,” Whitney said. “It is my intention to recommend that he be named interim president to ensure stable, consistent leadership for the university.”

Dennis Frampton, chairperson of the Edinboro Council of Trustees, sent in a separate email: "A highly respected member of the campus community, Dr. Hannan is known for his leadership, integrity, fairness and steadfast commitment to the University and its students. We are confident that he will guide Edinboro through this transition with wisdom, unwavering purpose and goodwill."

Controversy began for Walker following an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education by writer Jack Stripling. You can find the breakdown of that article here.

Previously, Edinboro University's faculty union had called for his removal, with APSCUF President Marc Sylvester quoted as saying: "The faculty are sending a strong message to the Council of Trustees. We are calling for a new leader who will work with us to put Edinboro in the best position possible to fulfill its important mission of educating students, engaging in scholarship, and serving the needs of the Commonwealth."

Meanwhile, a student petition calling for Walker's removal had hit over 1,000 signatures. 

Dakota Palmer can be reached at edinboro.spectator@gmail.com.

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