A longtime board member of Pima Community College is not running for another term.
Brenda Even, who oversaw a decade of administrative neglect that led to the college being placed on probation, isn’t seeking re-election as the District 1 member of PCC’s Governing Board, a seat she has held since 2001.
For months, Even has kept quiet about her intentions, refusing to say if she’d run again in November. The question became moot at 5 p.m. Wednesday when the deadline passed for her to file as a candidate with the Pima County Elections Department.
Even didn’t respond this week to six attempts by the Arizona Daily Star to reach her for comment. Four emails and two texts were not returned.
Even is one of four board members deemed lax and “dysfunctional” by the college’s accreditor when it placed PCC on probation last year over mishandled sexual harassment claims and other serious problems.
The coming months will determine if the accreditor has enough confidence in recent changes at the college to take the school off probation early next year.
Had she run again, Even’s past acts in office were expected to face heavy scrutiny at a time the college is trying to focus on the future.
Two contenders have registered to run for Even’s board seat. Both said she’s doing the right thing not running again.
“You can’t teach an old board new tricks,” said candidate Mark Hanna, a PCC volunteer and counselor at Catalina Magnet High School. “Positive change for Pima can only come with new members.”
Candidate Michael Duran, a Tucson Medical Center executive, agreed. “It clears the field and allows a fresh set of eyes to come in.”
Another potential candidate, retired PCC writing instructor Nancy Ross, is out of the race. She filed initial paperwork to run for Even’s seat but did not complete the process by Wednesday’s deadline.
PCC is governed by five board members who each serve six-year terms. The positions are unpaid. Term dates are staggered so only one or two are up for re-election at a time. Even was the only one who would have faced voters this year.
Even can serve on the board until her replacement takes office early next year.