PCC provost leaving for Colorado post

2013-11-12T16:45:00Z 2013-11-12T19:23:12Z PCC provost leaving for Colorado postBy Carol Ann Alaimo Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The provost of Pima Community College is leaving after a little more than a year on the job.

Jerry Migler  has accepted a position as vice president of academic affairs for the Colorado Community College System. He starts work there Dec. 16.

The Tucson school made the announcement in a news release Tuesday.

Migler started at PCC in August 2012 and was job-hunting anew within six months. In February, he was named a semifinalist, but wasn’t hired, for a president’s position at a small college in North Dakota.

Since then, Migler has been leading PCC’s efforts to shed a two-year probation sanction imposed by its accreditor over widespread failings in the school’s governance and administration.

Many of the problems the accreditor identified — including corrupt hiring and contracting practices and unethical behavior by PCC Governing Board members and administrators — predated Migler’s arrival in Tucson.

Mark Ziska, PCC’s interim human-resources boss, said efforts to emerge from probation will continue in Migler’s absence.

He said the college plans to bring in an interim provost while it searches for a permanent hire.

Reaction to Migler’s tenure at PCC has been mixed.

“I think the world of Jerry. He’s done a very good job,” Ziska said.

Mario Gonzales, head of a citizens’ group that pushed for the accreditor’s investigation of PCC, disagreed, saying Migler has flip-flopped on key issues such as support for open enrollment.

“I don’t believe he’s been very effective,” Gonzales said.

Zelema Harris, a retired St. Louis Community College chancellor who recently started work as second in command at PCC, will keep the college on track in addressing probation issues until an interim provost is in place, Ziska said.

He expects that to happen by year’s end or early next year.

Contact reporter Carol Ann Alaimo at calaimo@azstarnet.com or 573-4138.

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