Admin changes happening at Pima


Pima Community College hired three new administrators over the winter break as well as appointing an acting East Campus president and saying farewell to its vice chancellor for public information and federal government relations.

Vice chancellor for human resources

Dan Berryman will be Pima’s new vice chancellor for human resources.

“Dan bring to PCC nearly a quarter-century of expertise in human resources in public higher education and the private sector,” Chancellor Lee Lambert said in a message to the college employees. “He has the wide-ranging experience needed to increase the effectiveness of HR and enhance the experiences of our employees.”

Berryman previously worked at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and has experience in Arizona working on the Governor’s Task Force on AIDS.

He also maintained a position at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico which handles some of the nuclear weapons owned by the U.S.

Berryman will receive a salary of $170,576 this year.

Vice president of workforce development

Ian R. Roark is Pima’s new vice president of workforce development. He will act as the main point of contact for workplace initiatives and occupational programs, Lambert said.

“Ian’s experience in aligning programs with regional labor markets, combined with his success at invigoration dual-credit programs in securing corporate and competitive grants, makes him the best person for the job,” Lambert said.

Roark was employed by Odessa College in Texas, where he held the position of executive dean of career, technical and workforce education for five years.

Pima will pay Roark a salary of $134,384.

Executive director of developmental education

Jeff Thies has been named the new executive director of developmental education, a position that will assist in the college’s programs and facilities for developmental education students. This includes helping Pima implement its Developmental Education Redesign Plan, according to Lambert.

“I am confident that with Jeff at the helm, we can meet College-wide Strategic Plan goals, instill a culture of continuous improvement and support our campuses as they provide consistent instruction and student services,” Lambert said.

Thies has more than 14 years of experience as a community college faculty member and  administrator, most recently as dean of academic studies at Lee College in Baytown, Texas.

His annual salary will be $100,663.

Acting East Campus president

Darla Zirbes has been named as acting East Campus president. She will assume her new duties on Feb. 9 following Charlotte Fugett’s retirement.

Zirbes currently holds the office of vice president of instruction at the east campus, a position with focus on program review, course redesign and faculty and staff development.

Previously she has held positions as Northwest Campus’s acting president, vice president of student development at Northwest Campus and vice president of instruction at Community Campus.

“I also want to thank the college’s search committee for its ongoing work as we determine how best to proceed with filling this critical position in a permanent capacity,” Lambert said in an e-mail on Jan. 16.

CJ Karamargin moves on to McSally’s district director

Pima’s vice chancellor for public information and federal government relations has moved on to take a position as U.S. Rep. Martha McSally’s district director.

His new role will involve taking the lead in local operations maintaining constituent services.

Karamargin has been employed at Pima since 2011 following a position as  former congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford’s communications director.

The move across partisan lines has come as a surprise to some within Tucson’s political community however McSally addressed the move in a statement.

“CJ knows Southern Arizona, understands the issues, and has a long record of service to our community,” McSally said.

Karamargin’s experience as a member of the Tucson community at PCC as well as on Gifford’s staff make him an expert in local politics and acutely aware of the needs of constituents in the area, making him well suited for the job transcending political boundaries.


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Dan Berryman is Pima’s new vice chancellor for human resources. Photo courtesy of PCC


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