PCC campus gets new boss

2014-07-25T00:00:00Z PCC campus gets new bossBy Carol Ann Alaimo Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A Pima Community College campus that lost its last leader after an internal investigation over sexual-harassment claims is about to get a new top boss.

Morgan A. Phillips, a vice president since 2012 at a small North Carolina college, is expected to start work next month as president of PCC’s Desert Vista Campus, on Tucson’s south side.

He’ll replace former Desert Vista President Johnson Bia, who recently agreed to retire after an investigation found he leered at or made sexually suggestive remarks to at least four female subordinates.

Phillips has “extensive experience in accreditation, strategic planning and forging partnerships with business and industry,” Chancellor Lee Lambert said in a news release Thursday.

Phillips began his education at community colleges and went on to earn a doctor of education in higher education administration from the University of Florida and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in science from the University of Central Florida.

Over the last 20 years, he has worked as a faculty member, department chair and academic dean at Valencia Community College in Orlando, and most recently as vice president of academic and student affairs at Southeastern Community College in Whiteville, N.C.

Southeastern has an enrollment of about 1,700, a fraction of the nearly 33,000 students enrolled at PCC for fall 2012, the most recent figures on a federal education department website show.

Phillips will make $174,670 in his new job. He’s due to start work Aug. 14 subject to approval from PCC’s Governing Board.

Contact the reporter at calaimo@tucson.com or at 573-4138.

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