By KYLE WASSON
Pima Community College Chancellor Roy Flores has told members of the faculty and staff that he will undergo triple-bypass heart surgery Oct. 14.
“I feel strong and have been running regularly, but my doctor tells me that there is some blockage in my arteries that we need to address,” Flores said in an email. “He also tells me that I’m in excellent shape otherwise, a perfect candidate for this kind of procedure, and I can look forward to a full recovery in four to six weeks.”
The surgery will take place at Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute.
Provost Suzanne Miles, who also serves as president of Community Campus, will assume some of Flores’ day-to-day responsibilities.
John Carroll, vice president of instruction at Community Campus and a former acting superintendent of the Tucson Unified School District, will assume some of Miles’ duties at Community Campus.
“I have every confidence in our team, and I know that students and faculty will not notice any difference in college operations,” Flores said. “I will be in regular contact with my staff from home, particularly with regard to budget and planning issues.”
Miles is a 26-year veteran of PCC, where she has held numerous administrative positions. As provost, she serves as the college’s chief academic officer.
“We expect college operations to continue to run smoothly,” Miles said. “Dr. Flores has assembled a team of dedicated professionals who are all devoted to education and serving our community. We will hold down the fort while he is away.”
Flores has been PCC chancellor since March 2003.