Photo courtesy of PCC
Demion Clinco is filling a vacancy on the governing board.
By MICHEAL ROMERO
The newest addition to the Pima Community College Board of Governors is Demion Clinco, president and executive director of the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation.
Clinco was appointed in December 2015 to fill the District 2 seat left open by David Longoria, who resigned on Oct. 19.
“I cannot emphasize enough how important I think Pima Community College is to our region,” Clinco said. “It’s the gateway of success in southern Arizona.”
Clinco served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2014 to 2015, a background that fellow governing board members viewed as a standout qualification to fill the vacancy.
“I believe Demion will be a very valuable asset to the board,” board chair Sylvia Lee said. “Besides being incredibly smart, he has knowledge of the legislature and most importantly has a love for our community and understands the value that PCC brings.”
With the Higher Learning Commission placing the college on notice a year ago, Clinco knows there is much more work to be done to ensure the success of the school and its students.
“I see my role as helping to achieve the goals that the board voted on in November,” he said. “It is my hope to offer my services to ensure the college stays on track and is accessible to anybody pursuing higher education.”
Board member Mark Hanna believes Clinco will be a helpful addition during the college’s transitional period.
“I am really glad Demion has joined us at this exciting but critical time in Pima’s history,” he said. “He brings a lot to the table.”
Board member Martha Durkin shares that sentiment. “Demion Clinco is a welcome addition to the PCC board,” she said. “He has unique experience and a commitment to the Tucson community. I am confident that PCC will benefit from his service.”
Clinco said he understands the importance of the college to the community and knows the value of a Pima education firsthand, having been a dual enrollment student in the 1990s.
“I have grown increasingly aware of education in Arizona,” he said. “Having been a beneficiary, I admire the institution so much.”
While acting as the head of the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, Clinco arranged a partnership with Pima that sought to preserve the Downtown Campus. The company his family runs, Catalina In-Home Services, aims to hire Pima graduates.
“Pima is the premier economic tool in our region,” he said.
Clinco beat out other candidates including retired Tucson Unified School District elementary principal Georgia Brousseau, former TUSD board member Miguel Cueveas and Desert View High School teacher Rene Teyechea.
He will serve for the remainder of the spring semester, and plans to run for election in the fall.