Tanaya Walters

Clark Atlanta student leaders want employee accused of bullying fired

The student leadership at Clark Atlanta University has asked that a high-ranking university official, whom they say is currently on leave and facing allegations she bullied students, be terminated.

In a letter to Board of Trustees Chairman Greg Morrison, Stacy Roberson and Adrain Artary — respectively the graduate and undergraduate Student Government Association president — said President Ronald A. Johnson's decision-making in the matter has left them with no confidence in his leadership. 

Vice President for Student Affairs Tanaya Walters has been on leave since February, according to the letter.

Clark Atlanta University President Ronald A. Johnson delivering the keynote address at the university’s fall convocation in 2015. (Photo courtesy of CAU)

“We would like to tell you that everything is OK in Panther land,” the students wrote, “Unfortunately, it is not.”

The students said they requested an investigation into Walters’ alleged bullying after another student wrote a letter to them with additional claims.

The students also say Walters and Johnson are apparently related, voicing displeasure with perceived nepotism. Walters came to the school in March 2016 after being hired by Johnson following a national search. Johnson became Clark Atlanta’s president in 2015.

Clark Atlanta spokeswoman Donna Brock declined to answer questions related to Walters and any familial relationship with Johnson, saying the university doesn’t comment on personnel matters.

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