Pima Community College is spending less on salaries for top administration jobs than it did last year.

The salaries for the 38 administrators earning more than $100,000 cost the college $5 million total.

The top tier of college executives - including the chancellor, provost and campus presidents - cost 8.5 percent less than last year.

But most of the savings can be attributed to the fact that Provost Suzanne Miles is doing two jobs for the price of one. She took on the duties of the Community Campus president last year without a pay raise.

The college also saved money by replacing a few executives who left or changed jobs with lower-cost leaders. The new vice chancellor for public relations, Northwest Campus president and West Campus vice president are each paid about 7 percent less than their predecessors.

In the past few years, PCC has eliminated nearly a quarter of its administration jobs, said Chancellor Roy Flores.

The cuts were made necessary by a budget crisis brought on by deep state funding cuts and surging student enrollment, he said.

Most PCC employees are working harder while earning the same paycheck as last year, but job cuts have been minimal.

"With all the layoffs and pay freezes, everybody in the city is doing more with less," said Michael Coiro, executive director of AFSCME Local 449, which represents some PCC workers. "I have to give Dr. Flores a tremendous amount of credit. He has protected the blue-collar workers."

Flores wants to return to regular raises for employees as early as next year, saying "a healthy organization cannot survive in a crisis mode forever."

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Top 10 salaries

• Roy Flores, chancellor, $282,965

• David Bea, executive vice chancellor for finance and administration, $179,226

• Suzanne Miles, provost, executive vice chancellor for academic and student services, and Community Campus president $179,226

• Charlotte Fugett, East Campus president, $179,148

• Lou Albert, West Campus president, $162,935

• Johnson Bia, Desert Vista Campus president, $159,116

• Alojzy Kajstura, Northwest Campus president, $159,116

• Janet May, vice chancellor, $155,387

• Luba Chliwniak, Downtown Campus president, $151,745

• Cynthia Dooling, vice chancellor, $148,188

• CJ Karamargin, vice chancellor, $148,188

• Mary Ann Martinez Sanchez, vice provost, $124,170

• Brigid Murphy, Downtown Campus vice president, $124,115

SOURCE: Pima Community College

Contact reporter Becky Pallack at bpallack@azstarnet.com or 807-8012.

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