2 largest employee groups want 4 Pima College board members to resign

2013-03-30T00:00:00Z 2014-08-05T11:02:57Z 2 largest employee groups want 4 Pima College board members to resignCarol Ann Alaimo Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 30, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Pima Community College's workforce has lost confidence in most of the school's Governing Board and is formally calling upon the board's longest-serving members to step down.

PCC's two largest employee groups announced at a public meeting Friday that their members have passed resolutions seeking the resignations of Brenda Even, Scott Stewart, Marty Cortez and David Longoria.

They were in charge when former PCC Chancellor Roy Flores sexually harassed eight female employees and created "a culture of fear and retribution," according to an investigation by the school's accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission.

PCC now is facing the possibility of being put on probation by the Chicago-based commission.

"These four board members have contributed to the present crisis by their failure to recognize and act ethically and prudently" when problems came to their attention, said a resolution passed by PCC's Faculty Senate, which represents about 350 full-time faculty members and several hundred adjunct faculty.

"The greatest service that they can now perform to help restore the college to a climate of trust, honesty and credibility is to resign," it said. The resolution passed by a vote of 51 to 1 with two abstentions

The college's Staff Council, which represents about 775 nonteaching personnel, passed a similar motion unanimously.

Both resolutions also call for the board to suspend PCC's search for a new chancellor until new board members are in place.

The four board members named in the resolution have so far indicated they intend to hold onto their seats.

Each declined to comment Friday when asked how they intend to govern effectively without the support of PCC's workforce.

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

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