by NICK MEYERS
Pima Community College lost its second member of the Board of Governors in four months following David Longoria’s resignation in early October.
Chancellor Lee Lambert sent an email to employees that notified them that Longoria had taken a “professional position requiring him to relocate outside Pima County.”
He obtained a position as chief of staff for the District 4 council office in Phoenix under Councilwoman Laura Pastor, according to the City of the Phoenix website.
“I am extremely proud of my tenure on the board and what it has been able to accomplish during my service,” Longoria wrote in an email, writing specifically that he was proud in his role of bringing Lambert to the college. “I am proud of the advances and growth the institution has achieved under his leadership and the current board’s stewardship.”
Longoria is the latest in a long line of recent withdrawals from the Board of Governors, following Marty Cortez’s resignation in June and Brenda Even, who didn’t run for re-election of her District 1 in November 2014.
With Longoria gone, Scott Stewart of District 4 remains the only board member who was named by a Faculty Senate Resolution as having failed “to recognize and act ethically and prudently upon problems” concerning the circumstances leading to former chancellor Roy Flores’s resignation and the resulting investigation by PCC’s accrediting institution, the Higher Learning Commission.
Stewart, Longoria, Cortez and Even were all called upon to resign in the March 2013 resolution.
Longoria served on the board since February 2010 and was elected for a full term that November which was supposed to last until the end of 2016.
Pima County Superintendent Linda Arzoumanian needs to assemble a six-member committee to choose a replacement to serve out Longoria’s term through the end of 2016.
The committee will consist of a PCC faculty member, staff member and student, a resident and a business owner within the district, and a school district superintendent.
Applications are now open for those interested in replacing Longoria on PCC’s Board of Governors.
Arzoumanian appointed former city planner, Martha Durkin, as a replacement for Marty Cortez in late August.
“David is an experienced public servant who has worked tirelessly on projects that improve our county and has been an articulate and effective champion of PCC during his tenure on the Board,” Lambert wrote in the email.
“Please join me in expressing gratitude to David for his support of Pima Community College.”
If you are interested in applying fill out the questionnaire on the superintendent’s website.