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Student leaders want administrator fired at Clark Atlanta University

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CBS46 obtained a scathing letter that student leaders from Clark Atlanta University sent to the trustee board chairman demanding that the vice president for student affairs, Tanaya Walters, be fired. 

When I showed student Sean Rodgers a joint letter their student government presidents sent, it almost left him speechless.

"We would like to tell you that everything is OK in Pantherland. Unfortunately it is not," said Rogers, as he read the letter. "Too much bad blood has accumulated between students and Student Affairs staff as a result of Tanaya Walters being employed."

Walters has been on the job since March 2016.

"There has been a negative culture shift as it relates to student involvement, unfair practice, intimidation and even fears of retaliation," continued Rogers, reading the letter. "She has bullied and mistreated her staff consistently since [her] arrival."

The letter continues, saying:

"She rarely attends student events. It has been alleged that approximately $4 million has been lost in housing under her leadership."

The SGA presidents' letter also mentions CAU president Dr. Ronald Johnson, reading:

"He stated that he was disappointed in Tanaya Walters and that she did some things that she should not have done. He also told me that he was going to bring her back in the Fall and that she would go through training."

"He dismissed us all and chose to bring her back. Hence, we have no confidence in his leadership. This behavior also supports the rumors of nepotism that Tanaya Walters is related to the Johnsons. We ask that you all investigate to determine if there is a conflict of interest in this matter."

"We, the representative of the CAU student body, ask for her termination immediately," said Rogers as he continued to read the letter. 

CBS46 wanted to get Ms. Walter's side of the story, so we went to her home, but either no one was home, or no one answered the door. 

We wanted to do an on-camera interview with everyone mentioned in the letter. The SGA presidents didn't want to speak, and the university spokesperson would only say, "As you know, all personnel matters are confidential and, therefore, we cannot comment."

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