Pima Briefs

Compiled by A. GREENE

PCC hires interim campus president

The retired president of Santa Fe Community College, Sheila Ortego, has been hired as interim president for Pima Community College’s Community Campus. Her first day at Pima was Oct. 28.

She is scheduled to stay at Pima until mid-2014 while the college searches for a permanent hire. Her salary will be $173,000 a year.

Ortego served as president of SFCC from 2006 to 2012. In 2011, she was named a top-performing CEO by an Albuquerque, N.M., business magazine.

“Sheila has proven herself to be a capable, innovative leader at the highest level of community college governance,” Chancellor Lee Lambert said in a press release. “She will be a valuable addition to the college as we move forward.”

Ortego received her doctorate and master’s degrees in American Studies from the University of New Mexico.

Community Campus is known as PCC’s “virtual and distance campus” because of its oversight of online courses. The college’s non-credit course offerings are also based there.

The campus presidency has been vacant since the June retirement of Suzanne Miles, a former provost. Desert Vista Campus President Johnson Bia filled in as interim president.


Ex-Raytheon executive heads human resources

Pima Community College has hired Mark D. Ziska as the interim vice chancellor of human resources after a series of public candidate forums. His salary will be $180,000 a year.

Ziska was a human resources executive at Raytheon from 1998 until 2007. His responsibilities included labor and employee relations, organizational effectiveness, and community and government relations.

“Mark’s experience heading human resources in a large organization, combined with his deep knowledge of Tucson and his sincere passion for PCC, makes him a perfect fit for us,” Chancellor Lee Lambert said in a press release. “I’m confident he’s the right person for the position.”

Ziska has been a member of the PCC Foundation Board for 15 years. He spent a term as chairman of the board, and established a support fund for adult students with potential learning disabilities.

Foundation Executive Director Cheryl House complimented Ziska.

“Mark has been an outstanding leader for the PCC Foundation,” House said in the press release. “His commitment to Pima and our students … is a positive example for others.”

Ziska received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Western Michigan University, and a master’s in industrial psychology from California State University-Long Beach.

The vice chancellor of human resources post has been vacant since July, when Janet May resigned to take a job with Houston Community College.


Scholarship fund honors Pima founding instructor

A memorial scholarship fund has been established to honor Pima Community College professor emeritus Lee Scott.

Scott died at University Medical Center on Oct. 19 after surgeries. A memorial service was held Oct. 26.

For information about the David Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund, contact the PCC Foundation at 206-4646.

Scott came to Tucson with his family in 1958 to be the campus minister for the Wesley Foundation at First United Methodist Church. He also played a role in founding the Campus Christian Center at the University of Arizona.

In 1969, Scott joined the founding faculty of PCC. He taught humanities and worked as a guidance counselor. Scott was active with college leadership until he retired in 1990.

More recently, Scott was active in the Pima Open Admissions Coalition. The group opposed plans to change PCC’s open admissions policy.

He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California, then attended Garrett Theological Seminary at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He continued on to Yale University, where he received a doctorate degree.

Scott was preceded in death by his wife, Kaysie and son, David Randall. He is survived by his wife, Edwina; daughters Nancy and Sue; stepdaughter Kim Besen, and granddaughter Danielle.


College invites calendar artwork submissions

The Pima Community College media production department is inviting students to submit original artwork for possible use in a 2014 calendar.

Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12. No stock or copyrighted images can be used.

For full submission requirements, see the “Call for student art” announcement on MyPima.

Send submissions with completed entry form to: Pima Community College
Media Production and Publications Department, 4905 E. Broadway Blvd., Building B, Room B-102, Tucson 85712.

For more information, email mpp@pima.edu or call 206-4924.

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