Chancellor Flores recovering from emergency heart surgery

Pima Community College Chancellor Roy Flores was resting at Tucson Medical Center on Feb. 3 after doctors placed a stent in a coronary artery and performed an emergency angioplasty.

Paramedics took Flores to TMC after he experienced severe chest pains while working at PCC’s District Office.

In October 2011, Flores underwent quadruple-bypass heart surgery. He returned to work on a part-time basis on Nov. 28, and had gradually been increasing his workload.

Flores, who turns 70 in April, has been chancellor since 2003. On Jan. 27, he announced that he would retire at the end of the year.

From a PCC news release

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By DAVID MENDEZ

Pima Community College Chancellor Roy Flores announced Friday that he plans to retire from his position “no later than the end of the year.”

Flores’ announcement was sent via mass email to PCC personnel at 4:30 p.m. He returned to work last fall after taking time off to recover from quadruple bypass heart surgery in October.

In his email, Flores reflects upon his life and career, outlining his path from a “shoeshine boy in East Chicago at age 9” to the present. He has spent the last four decades as an educator and administrator.

He explains his thought process regarding his retirement (“I can’t remember the last time I had a real vacation,” he writes) and says his “single-minded focus to work” has worn on him.

“The bottom line is pretty straightforward: The time has come to retire,” Flores wrote, citing his upcoming 70th birthday and recovery from heart surgery as factors leading to his decision.

Flores also touts PCC’s accomplishments over his tenure as chancellor, including a document attached to the email, before thanking the PCC Board of Governors, faculty and staff for their work.

The letter ends with Flores expressing his confidence in the future of Pima Community College, writing “success will be assured if we continue to adapt and meet the needs of the community we serve.”

Read the full text of Flores’ email here.

Read the attachment (“A Short Retrospective”) to Flores’ email here.

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