Suzanne Miles

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Suzanne Miles, whose job performance at Pima Community College has come under scrutiny from the school’s accreditor, is stepping down as interim chancellor.

Miles made the announcement Tuesday afternoon in an email to PCC employees.

“After much thought and prayer I have decided to leave the Interim Chancellor’s position earlier than originally anticipated,” she wrote.

“Pima Community College is a wonderful, vibrant institution that will surely overcome our present difficulties. However, it has now become clear that my continued service as Interim Chancellor could be viewed as an obstacle to moving forward.”

Miles said she will stay on at PCC in a lesser role as president of the college’s community campus.

It isn’t clear if Miles decided to leave the top job on her own or was asked to step down. Brenda Even, chairwoman of PCC’s governing board, did not respond to three requests for comment Tuesday.

Miles was appointed interim leader last year on the heels of former chancellor Roy Flores,who left the college under a cloud of sexual harassment allegations.

Her decision to relinquish the role comes a few days after PCC’s accreditor found pervasive problems with the school’s top administrators and its governing board —troubles that began under Flores and continued under Miles, who was Flores’ second-in-command during his nine years at PCC.

Miles’ contract as interim chancellor runs until June 30. Instead, she will leave the post April 12.

She’s staying on until then to give the board time to find another interim, her email said.