- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 23, 2007

ATLANTA (AP) — Several faculty, alumni and students at Clark Atlanta University said Tuesday that the school faces a crisis of leadership under President Walter D. Broadnax and called again for his resignation.

The group held a press conference as Clark Atlanta’s faculty and board of trustees remained at odds over the future of its president. Mr. Broadnax is at the end of his five-year contract at Clark Atlanta.

“Today, we have a balanced budget and are fiscally sound,” Mr. Broadnax said Tuesday. He pointed to a $25 million shortfall in 2002 that officials said has been reduced to $4 million.

Administrators say Clark Atlanta can begin to focus on fundraising, and Mr. Broadnax is preparing to lead a $104 million campaign. An executive vice president position also has been created to take over the daily operations of the school.

Last month, more than 100 faculty members cast a vote of “no confidence” against Mr. Broadnax and called for his ouster, citing a “crisis of ineffective and dysfunctional leadership.” Clark Atlanta’s board of trustees has stood behind Mr. Broadnax.

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