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 seach 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 informational 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.