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Ex-chancellor remains silent after demand

Former Chancellor Roy Flores has yet to respond to Pima Community College’s refusal to apologize for statements made by current Chancellor Lee Lambert in an online video released Aug. 15, 2014.

“A critical chapter of the college’s past occurred when eight women employed at the college had the courage to come forward and report sexual harassment and retaliation by the former chancellor,” Lambert said in the video.

“These women were willing to face him directly with an independent investigator. Rather than do so, he resigned more than a year before the end date of his contract,” he said.

On Aug. 20, Flores’s attorney, Benson Hufford, sent a letter to the chancellor and the board of governors threatening legal action unless they made a public apology for the allegations.

The letter claims no evidence of sexual harassment was ever established.

“The video and that article contain serious misstatements by Chancellor Lambert,” Hufford wrote.

Hufford described the statements as “malicious” and made with a “reckless disregard for the truth.”

Pima has yet to remove the video or rescind the statements.

“You should know that this college under my leadership will not tolerate sexual harassment or abusive behavior by any employee,” Lambert said in an email to Pima employees on Sept. 3, 2014.

Hufford has not replied to attempts for comment about whether Flores intends to pursue the lawsuit.

Provost seeks midwest job

Pima Community College Provost Erica Holmes was named as a finalist for a position as president of a community college in the Midwest.

PCC Chancellor Lee Lambert did not name the college when he sent college employees an email supporting Holmes.

“I certainly understand Erica’s desire to serve as president in a community college setting,” he said. “Opportunities to serve in this capacity don’t come along every day, and I wish her success as she moves through the process.”

The application marked the second time Holmes has searched for a job since being hired as provost six months ago.

In January, she was one of more than 20 applicants for a position as president of a state college in Florida.

She is the second provost PCC has hired in two years who has sought other work soon after accepting the position.

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