An influential group of local business leaders plans to pressure longtime members of Pima Community College’s Governing Board to resign, and is preparing to lead a recall effort if they don’t step down.
The Southern Arizona Leadership Council — a group that includes some of Tucson's biggest business names, including auto magnate Jim Click and developer Don Diamond — also asked the board to call off its search for a new chancellor until the troubled school is stabilized.
The board didn't heed the group’s request on Friday to stop the search. The next day, PCC named four finalists for the permanent chancellor post.
In a letter to PCC board members, Ron Shoopman, a retired Air Force general who’s president of the leadership council, called it “disheartening” that PCC recently was placed on probation by it’s accreditor, the Chicago-based Higher Learning Commission.
The two-year sanction resulted from a recent probe that identified grave failings in PCC’s administration and governance.
Problems included corrupt contracting practices, board mishandling of sexual harassment complaints against former Chancellor Roy Flores and a “culture of fear and retribution,” created by Flores and sustained after he left by other top executives who still work at the school.
Flores resigned last year after eight women accused him of sexual harassment.
Read more of this story in Wednesday's Arizona Daily Star.