An interim vice president at Pima Community College who got $5,000 from taxpayers to relocate to Tucson is gone after barely six weeks on the job.

The college cut ties Tuesday with Quincy L. Moore, who started work Jan. 6 as vice president for student development at PCC’s Downtown Campus.

His contract, which included an annualized salary of $115,000 and a $5,000 payment to relocate here from Ohio, was supposed to run until the end of June.

College executives wouldn’t be specific about why he left but said Moore’s conduct and judgment raised concerns that weren’t resolved after he was asked to make changes.

“He was given a chance to improve and didn’t live up to what we expected,” Chancellor Lee Lambert said in a phone interview.

Moore, 64, declined to comment when reached on his cellphone Thursday.

Employees at the Downtown Campus, racked by turmoil after its former president and vice president were terminated in September, weren’t told of the circumstances behind Moore’s departure.

Interim campus President Gwen Joseph, who recommended Moore for the vice president’s job, sent an email to employees Tuesday praising his work at PCC.

“Although Dr. Moore was only with us for a few weeks, he contributed to helping to move the campus forward,” her email said.

Moore’s duties will be assumed by Mark McCabe, whom the college recently hired to help work on its accreditation issues.

McCabe is highly qualified, having formerly worked in student development for Colorado’s community college system, said Mark Ziska, PCC’s interim human relations boss.

Moore beat out 10 other applicants and two finalists for the interim PCC job. He previously worked for colleges in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania.

Contact reporter Carol Ann Alaimo at or at 573-4138.