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Incoming PCC Interim Chancellor starts work Monday

Incoming PCC Interim Chancellor starts work Monday

CREATED Apr 12, 2013

Web producer: Max Efrein

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Pima Community College's temporary chancellor, Dr. Zelema Harris, told the public that she intends to do her best until a new chancellor is found. 

During a Regular Meeting of the PCC Governing Board on Wednesday, Harris, who has 30 years of experience working with community colleges, said through a webcam that she intends to address the concerns of both the PCC community and The Higher Learning Commission, according to C.J. Karamargin with the PCC.

With the PCC being under fire from the community at the moment due to an accreditor's negative review of several Governing Board leaders, Harris said that she wishes to "work collaboratively with all constituent groups" in order to resolve the matter.

The PCC currently faces a potential probation sentence from the HLC Executive Board for the allegations put forward by the accreditor, but the PCC recently sent a letter to the board requesting a lighter sentence, said Karamargin.  Harris said that this letter "was a positive aspect of the healing process."

Harris is set to begin her interim position on Monday, said Karamargin.  The PCC Governing Board expects to have a permanent chancellor in place by July.

Once that chancellor is selected, Harris plans to make the transition as smooth as possible, said Karamargin.

"The new Chancellor will need support, wise guidance and transparency," Harris said.