Pima Community College has filled one key position, but another still is vacant after a finalist turned down a six-figure job offer from the Tucson school.
Longtime administrator Lorraine Morales was named the president of the PCC’s Community Campus in a hiring approved Wednesday by the school’s Governing Board.
Morales, a former high school dropout who went on to earn a Ph.D., has held a number of positions at PCC over the last decade, most recently that of vice president of instruction at its East Campus.
A few years ago, Morales served as an acting president of the campus she will now lead. Community Campus, at 401. N. Bonita Ave., is the home of online education, adult education, and several other programs.
Morales will make $172,000 a year in her new job, which starts July 1.
Meanwhile, a California college administrator who was offered the presidency of PCC’s Downtown campus rejected the offer, Chancellor Lee Lambert said.
Edward C. Bush, an unsuccessful contender for four different campus president jobs in California in the past three years, told Pima officials he’d received a better offer elsewhere, Lambert said.
PCC offered Bush the same $172,000 annual paycheck as Morales. “Unfortunately, our compensation package was not competitive with the other college,” Lambert said in an email.
Bush, vice president of student services at Riverside City College in California, said in an email Wednesday he received an offer elsewhere, but hasn’t accepted it. Since 2011, he has been a finalist for campus president jobs at Modesto Junior College, Chabot College, Merritt College and San Bernardino Valley College, online records show.
PCC will go back to the drawing board to find more presidential candidates, both for the Downtown Campus, at Speedway and North Stone Avenue, and for its south-side Desert Vista Campus.
Mark Ziska, PCC’s interim human-resources boss, said the college hopes to have those two positions filled within a month or so.
Also Wednesday, PCC’s Governing Board approved a budget for the upcoming school year that includes a 2 percent increase in primary property taxes, a 7.6 percent tuition hike for in-state students and a 3 percent increase to the salary pool for regular PCC employees.