After first search fizzles, Pima College names new set of finalists for chancellor post

2013-04-21T00:00:00Z 2013-04-21T21:45:16Z After first search fizzles, Pima College names new set of finalists for chancellor postArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 21, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Pima Community College has named a new set of finalists to lead the troubled school out of probation.

The four new finalists, named after the first search for a new chancellor fizzled, are:

• Terrence J. Burgess, president of San Diego City College

• Lee D. Lambert, president of Shoreline Community College in Shoreline, Wash.

• Greg P. Smith, president of Central Community College in Columbus, Neb.

• Elnora Tena Webb, president of Laney College in Oakland, Calif.

PCC aborted its first chancellor search in February when two of three finalists dropped out of the race - one after an Arizona Daily Star investigation revealed inflated enrollment figures under her leadership that forced her college to repay millions of dollars to the state of California.

That left Burgess, of San Diego City College, as the lone finalist. He made the new list of finalists, too.

PCC was put on probation last week by its accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission, for what the commission said were pervasive problems, including corrupt hiring and contracting practices, a "culture of fear and retribution" created by administrators and a "dysfunctional" board that shirked its oversight duties and dismissed its critics.

Each new finalist will visit PCC in the coming weeks to participate in forums with the public and college employees. PCC's Governing Board also will interview each candidate.

PCC hopes to have the new chancellor on the job by July. Interim Chancellor Zelema Harris will serve until then.

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