PCC chancellor's contract extended

2014-07-12T00:00:00Z PCC chancellor's contract extendedBy Carmen Duarte Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

PCC Chancellor Lee Lambert‘s contract has been extended by one year with a base pay of $298,700.

The Pima Community College Governing Board approved an amendment extending the contract until June 30, 2017, at its regular meeting July 9.

The board voted unanimously to amend the employment contact entered on May 17, 2013, a news release said.

The release did not include Lambert’s additional benefits, but did say the “amount is consistent with the board’s approval in May of a 3 percent salary pool increase for full-time faculty, exempt and non-exempt employees, and administrators for 2014-15.”

Lambert, a lawyer, has led the troubled college since July 1, 2013.

The college is on probation by its accreditor, which will decide in another six months or so whether fixes are sufficient to take the college off probation.

Since Lambert’s arrival, the college has fired, retired or otherwise cut ties with a dozen administrators, including two campus presidents, a vice president, the dean of nursing, the campus police chief and the school psychologist.

Close to $300,000 has been spent on payoffs to some who left, public records show.

Hundreds of employees and numerous consultants have been working to correct the problems that placed PCC on probation.

The college now has a citizens committee overseeing its finances, updated board policies, and a new focus on sexual harassment prevention.

Most of the school’s Governing Board members, faulted by the accreditor as lax, remain in office but have taken training .

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