Human resources boss will be third administrator to quit Pima Community College within weeks

2013-07-04T00:00:00Z 2014-08-05T11:04:03Z Human resources boss will be third administrator to quit Pima Community College within weeksCarol Ann Alaimo Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 04, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Another top executive is leaving Pima Community College.

Janet May, PCC's human-resources boss since 2010, is heading to Texas to take a similar position with the Houston Community College system.

She's the third PCC administrator to announce her departure in less than a month.

May leaves the Tucson school less than three years after her arrival, and with nearly a year remaining on her $164,000 annual contract. It doesn't expire until June 2014.

Her last day is July 19.

"It was a hard decision," May said in an interview. But the new job offered an opportunity too good to pass up, she said.

May is the last in a revolving door of leaders put in charge of PCC's human-resources department by former Chancellor Roy Flores, who left the college last year, accused of sexually harassing eight women since 2003.

On his watch, the department - responsible for preventing and detecting sexual harassment - changed leaders three times and was leaderless for two years before May was hired.

A recent accreditor's investigation of PCC, which resulted in the school's being put on probation, listed shortcomings in human resources as one of the reasons behind the sanction.

It said PCC "has not operated with integrity in its handling of personnel policies and procedures." It did not mention those at fault by name.

Investigators interviewed May and two other former human-resources officials as part of their probe.

As of Wednesday, PCC had not formally announced May's decision to leave. It wasn't immediately clear who will fill in until a replacement is hired.

Two other PCC administrators have announced departures since early June.

Suzanne Miles, a former provost and interim chancellor who was Flores' longtime second-in-command, retired suddenly last month from her $189,000 position.

Two weeks later, PCC Police Chief Stella Bay retired from her $100,000 job in the wake of officer complaints about her leadership.

Miles and Bay each had a year remaining on their contracts.

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

"It was a hard decision."

Janet May, PCC's head of human resources since 2010

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