6-figure earners at PCC getting mentors to show them the ropes

2012-06-20T00:00:00Z 6-figure earners at PCC getting mentors to show them the ropesCarol Ann Alaimo Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 20, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Pima Community College's newest executive will have a team of mentors guiding him for at least a year if the college's Governing Board agrees tonight to give him the $148,000 job.

Two other recently hired executives also have been assigned mentors in what interim Chancellor Suzanne Miles calls "part of a plan to better support new administrators."

The mentoring setup was outlined in a recent internal memo Miles sent to college leaders announcing plans to hire a new head of information technology - one who has no experience in such a senior position.

None of the three finalists interviewed for the college's top IT job - the vice chancellor for information technology - has held a permanent position at that level, their résumés show.

Miles wants the college's governing board to approve hiring one of the three, Keith McIntosh, who has been with the college since 2008, mostly in a midlevel IT job where he oversaw 15 employees.

McIntosh excelled in that role, Miles said, and in 2011 won a coveted professional award for "exceptional early- career leadership in higher-education IT." He's also filled in as acting assistant head of the college's IT department.

Miles' memo said if the hiring is approved, McIntosh will be assigned a team of mentors to guide him in the job.

"I have identified a team of mentors who will be working with Keith for at least his first year. The team includes a member of the community, a seasoned PCC administrator, and a faculty member with expertise in instructional technology," Miles wrote.

Asked in an email why a newly hired executive making $148,000 a year would require extended mentoring, Miles said, "I believe that mentors provide an invaluable support system for PCC's leadership team."

McIntosh did not respond Tuesday to several requests for comment sent to his PCC email address.

Before coming to PCC, McIntosh spent 20 years in the Air Force in "various management positions" in information technology, his résumé says.

He has a bachelor's degree in management information systems from Bellevue University in Nebraska and an MBA in information technology management from Trident University International, an online university based in California.

Trident currently is on probation with its accrediting agency, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, over allegations the school failed to make sure incoming transfer students met general education requirements and didn't tell the accreditor about the problem.

Miles said PCC's new $95,000-a-year auditor, and its new provost, who earns $175,000 annually, also have mentors. She wouldn't say how many mentors are assigned to each.

Of the two other finalists for the top IT job, neither has held such a senior permanent position.

One was identified by the college as Sallie F. Wright, an assistant vice president for information technology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

The other, Cindy Dooling, has held various midlevel IT jobs at PCC over the last decade or so. Since 2011, she has been filling in as vice chancellor for IT, making her McIntosh's acting boss.

Miles said Dooling will go back to her old job as director of user support services.

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

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