Most Pima Community College employees will get raises in July, but their top bosses won't.
In a break with longstanding tradition, the college's Governing Board awarded raises of 1 to 3 percent for the majority of PCC's workforce, but not for the school's senior executives.
The executives, who historically receive the same raise percentages as other employees, will instead get a half-percent supplemental payment that will not add to their base salaries.
The board voted 4-1 late Friday to approve the package.
Board member Sylvia Lee, who had called for top executives to not receive any extra money, was the lone vote against.
The board's move to withhold raises for senior executives comes after a recent accreditor's investigation that said senior administrators, who were not identified in the report, helped create a "culture of fear and retribution" that began under former Chancellor Roy Flores and continued after he left last year under a cloud of sexual harassment allegations.
The accreditor also faulted unidentified top administrators for corrupt contracting practices, in which they knowingly signed off on hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of unbid contracts that violated college rules "because they were told to do so" by Flores.
Only one top executive besides Flores was clearly identified in the accreditor's report: Suzanne Miles, who was Flores' second-in-command and was appointed interim chancellor when he left. Miles recently resigned that position and returned to a campus president's job that pays her $189,400 a year.
PCC recently was placed on two years' probation by its accreditor, the Chicago-based Higher Learning Commission.
Lee said that under the college's current circumstances, she couldn't support any increase - not even a supplement - for top executives.
"Our executive administrators, I feel at this point with all the things that are happening, they should forgo a salary increase," she said.
Board member Scott Stewart said he supported giving top executives a half-percent supplemental payment instead of a raise, to help offset extra expenses all employees will face next year for items such as retirement contributions.
To give them nothing extra would be "draconian," Stewart said.
Other raises include 3 percent for faculty and nonexempt staff, 2 percent for exempt staff and 1 percent for administrators who are not executives. College employees received 3.5 percent raises this year.
Contact reporter Carol Ann Alaimo at email@example.com or at 573-4138.
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Pima Community College was Southern Arizona's 18th-largest employer, with about 2,385 full-time employees, as of early last year, the Star 200 survey shows.
PCC Execs' pay
• David Bea, executive vice chancellor for finance and administration, $189,400
• C.J. Karamargin, vice chancellor for public information, $156,668
• Janet May, vice chancellor for human resources, $164,278
• *Keith McIntosh, vice chancellor for information technology, $156,668
• *Jerome Migler, provost/executive vice chancellor, $180,625
• *William Ward, vice chancellor for facilities, $153,000
• Louis Albert, West Campus, $172,258
• Johnson Bia, Desert Vista Campus, $168,221
• Luba Chliwniak, Downtown Campus, $160,428
• Charlotte Fugett, East Campus, $189,400
• Alex Kajstura, Northwest Campus, $168,221
• Suzanne Miles, Community Campus, $189,400
* Assumed their positions after departure of former Chancellor Roy Flores