Board of Governors

Board member asks for review of legal counsel

May 4, 2017

By EDDIE CELAYA Pima Community College Board of Governors District 5 representative Luis Gonzales called the college’s legal services model into question in a letter issued to his fellow board members, Chancellor Lee Lambert and General Counsel Jeff Silvyn. “I have concluded that the college’s current legal services model was not formally adopted by the […]

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Gonzales issues letter, challenges PCC counsel

May 4, 2017

By EDDIE CELAYA The Pima Community College Board of Governors voted during the April 12 meeting to limit debate for the sake of time and efficiency, spurring another round of contentious motions and requests. The action followed an epic five-and-a-half-hour long board meeting on March 8. During the meeting, District 5 Representative Luis Gonzales clashed […]

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Monthly board meeting goes long, gets personal

March 23, 2017

By EDDIE CELAYA The March 8 Pima Community College Governing Board meeting will be remembered for two reasons: its nearly intolerable length and its bombshell accusations. A scheduled vote on the college’s most important issue, tuition rates, was postponed. The nearly five and a half hour long meeting tested the patience of the board members, […]

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February 2, 2017

By EDDIE CELAYA Pima County Community College Board of Governors meetings are generally dull as dirt. It’s just short of a rule. Watching paint dry is a cinematic experience compared to your average board meeting. Which is why, at the Board of Governors first meeting on Jan. 11, I was so surprised to see a […]

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Pima raises tuition $5

March 12, 2015

DECISION FOLLOWS STATE ELIMINATING PCC FUNDING By ANDREW PAXTON Pima Community College’s governing board voted to increase tuition days after the state eliminated funding to the college. Gov. Doug Ducey and the Arizona Legislature delivered the final blow to state funding for PCC with the release of the 2016 state budget on March 7. The […]

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Hanna brings expertise to PCC

December 10, 2014

By ANDREW PAXTON Mark Hanna always regretted not going to college. The newly elected member of Pima Community College’s governing board had a successful career as a manager at Costco in the ‘90s, but he felt like something was missing. “I felt like I wasn’t able to converse with people who had their degrees, like […]

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Hanna wins PCC governing board post

November 13, 2014

By ANDREW PAXTON Voters have decided that Mark Hanna will be the newest member of Pima Community College’s governing board after a tightly contested election on Nov. 4. Fewer than 1,500 votes separated Hanna and his competitor, Tucson Medical Center executive Michael Duran. Hanna received 25,988 votes to Duran’s 24,566, according to the Pima County […]

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Board candidates detail plans for PCC

October 30, 2014

By ANDREW PAXTON The two candidates vying for a seat on Pima Community College’s governing board met in a pair of forums to give the community a chance to learn more about their past and vision for the future. Michael Duran, an executive at Tucson Medical Center, is facing off against Mark Hanna, a former […]

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Candidates share views

October 2, 2014

By ANDREW PAXTON Both candidates for Pima Community College’s available seat on the college’s governing board have vowed to support open admissions, adult education and adjunct instructors at the college. Mark Hanna, a counselor at Catalina Magnet High School, and Michael Duran, an executive at Tucson Medical Center, both spoke at an Education Accountability Session […]

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AZTEC PRESS EDITORIAL: Board recall effort misdirects energy

January 30, 2014

Pima Community College is currently on institutional probation and could face a loss of accreditation if operational changes aren’t made. Pima’s accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission, identified numerous failures during a visit last January. It placed much of the blame on PCC’s leadership, including the board of governors. Community business leaders, faculty, staff and […]

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Chancellor outlines priorities

October 3, 2013

By SEBASTIAN BARAJAS Pima Community College governing board members discussed the future of PCC under Chancellor Lee Lambert during the semester’s first board meeting. The meeting took place Sept. 18 regarding plans for the rest of the year and to recognize PCC’s success in adult education programs. Lambert addressed many topics during the meeting, including […]

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Governing board holds first meeting of semester

September 19, 2013

By ANDREW PAXTON   Pima Community College’s governing board held its first meeting of the semester on Sept. 18 at the college’s district office. The meeting took place after Aztec Press went to print.   The meeting agenda contained standard administration and student reports, along with several grant requests and a proposal of goals from […]

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OPINION: Board members must reform or resign

May 13, 2013

By ANDREW PAXTON When the Higher Learning Commission’s liaison spoke to Pima Community College’s governing board on May 3, her message was very clear. “We expect our institutions to provide information and be transparent with information being provided to the student body and constituents,” Karen Solomon, a vice president with the HLC, told the board. […]

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Students, community hold rally to support Pima

May 11, 2013

By ANDREW PAXTON More than 150 students, faculty, staff and members of the community held a solidarity rally and then marched to show support for Pima Community College and a desire for change. The rally began at 5:30 p.m. at Burns Park on May 8, the same day as a scheduled Board of Governors’ meeting. […]

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Experts offer opinions, advice on Pima’s future

May 1, 2013

By ANDREW PAXTON Pima Community College brought in two experts to explain to students, faculty and staff exactly what probation means for the college, and what steps should be taken in the future. The college held a series of forums May 2-3 to share insights with the community Speakers were Karen Solomon, a vice president […]

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