Pima administrator resigns following investigation

By ANDREW PAXTON

An administrator who served at Pima Community College for more than two decades has decided to retire following an investigation into alleged misconduct.

Johnson Bia made the announcement May 1, ending his 22 years as a leader at PCC.

An email sent out to employees at the Desert Vista Campus, where Bia served as president, made no mention of the allegations.

“I have simply concluded it is time to move on and I have been blessed here at Pima,” Bia wrote.

Chancellor Lee Lambert addressed the decision in an email sent to all PCC employees.

“As you know, concerns were recently raised about Dr. Bia’s professional conduct,” Lambert said.

“The college looked into them and Johnson and I agreed that it was in everyone’s best interest that he retires at this time.”

Lambert said it is a “difficult situation” but also made clear to employees what is expected of everyone at Pima.

“It is critical that all PCC employees feel free to express their concerns about potentially difficult workplace situations,” he said.

“No matter what you do or where you work at PCC, there should be no barrier to open and honest communication.”

“A goal we should all share as PCC employees is to maintain the highest level of professionalism,” Lambert added.

Bia’s last day will be June 3.

The move comes as the college continues to try to find people to run several other campuses, as well as the provost office.

A series of forums with the candidates were held April 21-25.

However, the search committee did not make any decision regarding the finalists.

“It is the consensus of the search committee and others involved in the process that while each of the finalists were capable and had strengths, it is in the best interests of PCC that we revisit the pool of candidates and screen additional applicants,” Lambert said in an email to employees.

The college still plans to have the campus president positions filled by July 1.

“Restoring confidence in the leadership of the college is one of my top priorities,” Lambert said.

“I am committed to providing the campuses with presidents who can move us forward as we work together to address challenges and seize opportunities.”

A separate process will take place to fill the now-vacant Desert Vista position.

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