PCC picks interim HR boss

2013-10-23T00:00:00Z PCC picks interim HR bossBy Carol Ann Alaimo Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A consultant with close ties to Pima Community College’s fundraising arm is the new interim boss of the school’s troubled human resources department.

Mark D. Ziska, a former human resources executive at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, will take over for the next six to eight months while PCC searches for a permanent hire for the position.

Ziska left Raytheon in 2007 and now runs his own firm that specializes in human resources software and consulting.

He’s also a member of the Arizona State Personnel Board, which deals with whistle-blower complaints and discipline actions involving state employees.

“I’m confident he’s the right person for the position,” Chancellor Lee Lambert said Tuesday in a news release, citing Ziska’s career experience and “sincere passion for PCC.”

Ziska is a longtime board member of the PCC Foundation, a separate-but-related entity that raises money for scholarships and other college needs.

PCC’s news release did not say when Ziska will start work or how much he’ll be paid. College officials didn’t immediately reply to emails seeking that information.

Ziska said in an interview he applied for the temporary job because “I want to do whatever I can to help the college overcome its current difficulties.”

PCC is on probation after its accreditor found serious shortcomings with the school’s governance and administration.

The human resources department “has not operated with integrity,” the accreditor said, citing numerous problems.

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

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