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Chronology of Activities

May 10, 2013:  Greg P. Smith withdraws from the finalist pool. 

May 10, 2013:  At a special meeting of the Governing Board today, Chair Brenda Even announced that Lee Lambert has emerged as the leading candidate to be Pima Community College's next chancellor.  She commented that Lambert was “the candidate that seemed to rise to the top.” The Board authorized two Board members and three employees to travel to Shoreline Community College to conduct a site visit. Even described the visit as a typical part of the “due diligence process” in the hiring of a new chancellor.

May 9, 2013:  After the candidate forums, feedback forms were collected and summarized.  These summaries were distributed to the Board and Employee Group representatives on May 8, and were later posted to the website.

May 3, 2013:  Videos of the candidate forums were posted to the website.

April 29-May 2, 2013:  Candidate forums were held.  Public forums with each of the finalists for chancellor of Pima Community College were beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Board Room (C-105) of PCC’s District Office.  Employee forums were offered before each public forum from 3-4 p.m. at the same location. Biographies of the finalists are available online.

The schedule:

Apr. 25 & 29, 2013:  Search Committee Employee Representatives send a letter to the Board; Board members who are Search Committee co-chairs respond [scanned version | accessible version]

Apr. 20, 2013:  Finalists for the position of chancellor were announced.

Feb. 7, 2013:  A timeline for the extended chancellor search is proposed.

Feb. 5, 2013: At a Special Meeting, the Board voted unanimously to hire the Association of Community College Trustees as executive search consultant, and to terminate its contract with R.H. Perry & Associates, which the Board had hired last year to aid in the chancellor search.

Feb. 1, 2013: Finalist Dr. María Sheehan, president of Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nev., notifies the College that she is withdrawing from consideration.

Jan. 31, 2013: In a College-wide message, Search Advisory Committee co-chairs Dr. Brenda B. Even and David Longoria updated employees about the chancellor search process.

Jan. 24, 2013:  At a Special Meeting, the Board of Governors formally accepted a list of finalists for chancellor recommended by a citizens' Search Advisory Committee.

Oct. 5, 2012: Pima Community College has posted the Executive Search Profile for chancellor. PCC will begin reviewing applications on Nov. 16, 2012.

Sept. 12, 2012: Pima Community College’s Governing Board approved a committee of PCC employees and members of the community that will play a key role in helping the Board choose PCC’s next chancellor.

Aug. 28, 2012: The Pima Community College Governing Board unanimously approved a plan for selecting faculty, staff and administrators to serve on a Search Advisory Committee that will assist the Board as it hires a new chancellor.

Each of the following groups will suggest two people to serve on the committee. The Board will select one person from each group’s list.

  • Pima Community College Education Association (PCCEA), representing full-time faculty
  • Faculty Senate, representing full-time and adjunct faculty
  • Adjunct faculty
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 449, representing non-exempt employees
  • Association of Classified Exempt Staff (ACES), representing exempt employees
  • Staff Council, representing full-time regular staff

In addition, the Board will select an executive-level administrator and two other administrators to serve on the Search Advisory Committee. A student representative also will serve on the committee, which will be co-chaired by Governing Board members Dr. Brenda Even and David Longoria. The Board unanimously approved their selection at Monday’s meeting.

More than a dozen members of the community also will serve on the committee, which will consist of about 25-30 people. The Board has asked the public to nominate persons to serve on the committee, as well as constituent groups that should be represented, in order to get a broad cross-section.

Also on Monday, the Board unanimously approved a Process and Timeline for selecting a new chancellor. The timeline had been proposed by Elizabeth Rocklin of R.H. Perry & Associates, an executive search firm. In June, the Board hired R.H. Perry & Associates to assist in its search for a new chancellor.


August 22, 2012: Pima Community College has scheduled a series of forums Aug. 27-29 for the public to offer insights regarding the PCC Governing Board’s search for a new chancellor.

The forums will be led by Elizabeth Rocklin of R.H. Perry & Associates, an executive search firm hired by the Board in June to assist in its search.

Ms. Rocklin will be seeking answers to three questions:

  • What are the principal challenges and opportunities which Pima must address in the next five to 10 years?
  • What should be the principal background and experience, educational qualifications, and professional and personal characteristics we should seek in a chancellor to ensure that we successfully meet those challenges and opportunities?
  • What are the names of individuals who should be encouraged to become candidates for chancellor?
     Forum Schedule
     Monday, August 27:
        
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Community Campus Forum
A-109/112
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1:30 - 3:00 p.m. West Campus Forum
Community Room, Building J, Room G05
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4:00 - 5:00 p.m. District Office Forum
Community Room C-105
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     Tuesday, August 28:

10:30 a.m. - noon Downtown Campus Forum
CC Building, Amethyst Room
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     Wednesday, August 29:

10:30 a.m. - noon Desert Vista Campus Forum
Ocotillo Room
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1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Northwest Campus Forum
Community Room, Building A, Room 207
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3:30 - 5:00 p.m. East Campus Forum
Community Room, Building L, Room 101
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August 20, 2012:  Pima Community College’s Governing Board voted unanimously to set Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 5 p.m. as the deadline for the public to submit nominations for an advisory committee that will help the Board in its search for a new chancellor.

Anyone interested in submitting a name should send it to ChancellorSearch@pima.edu.

The Board is seeking the names of individuals for the advisory search committee, as well as constituent groups that should be represented. People also can nominate themselves.

The committee will consist of about 25-30 people who represent a broad cross-section of the community. It also will include representatives from PCC and a student.

The Board also voted unanimously to set Friday, Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. as the deadline for the public to offer its insights into challenges PCC is likely to face over the next decade.

Anyone interested in commenting on this can use the same email address, ChancellorSearch@pima.edu.

Monday’s meeting was attended by Elizabeth Rocklin of R.H. Perry & Associates, an executive search firm. In June, the Board hired R.H. Perry & Associates to assist in its search for a new chancellor.


August 16, 2012:  Open forums will be held for members of the community and PCC employees to offer insights into the search for a new chancellor.  The dates, times and locations of the forums will be announced soon.

At the forums, Elizabeth Rocklin, search consultant for R.H. Perry & Associates, which the Board hired in June to assist with the search, will seek answers to three questions:

  • What are the principal challenges and opportunities which Pima must address in the next five to 10 years?
  • What should be the principal background and experience, educational qualifications, and professional and personal characteristics we should seek in a chancellor to ensure that we successfully meet those challenges and opportunities?
  • What are the names of individuals who should be encouraged to become candidates for chancellor?

Through ChancellorSearch@pima.edu, PCC employees and members of the community can email their insights, including answers to the questions to be posed at the forums. Answers and insights also can be emailed to Ms. Rocklin at erocklin@comcast.net.


August 8, 2012:  At its August 8 Regular Meeting, the PCC Governing Board received an update on activities related to the search from Lynne Wakefield, legal liaison. Elizabeth Rocklin of R.H. Perry & Associates, the Washington, D.C. firm hired by the Board in June to assist with the search, will be in Tucson Aug. 27-31 gather information from Pima employees, students and members of the community.

Also, the Board is accepting nominations for members of an Advisory Search Committee that will aid it during the search process. Nominations may be made through ChancellorSearch@pima.edu


June 28, 2012:  The PCC Governing Board held a Special Meeting June 28 to discuss three organizations seeking to help the College find candidates to be chancellor.  The Board selected R.H. Perry & Associates, which is based in Washington, D.C.


June 20, 2012:  A screening committee that included College and external members recommended to the Board three executive search firms to assist the College in conducting the search for a new Chancellor.  The screening committee had reviewed responses to a Request for Proposal that the College posted on April 26 in a competitive bidding process.  At the Governing Board's regular meeting on June 20, representatives of each of the executive search firm finalists made presentations. View the presentations

The lead presenters and approximate start time of each presentation on the video are:

  • Dr. Preston Pulliams, Gold Hill Associates   [0:00]
  • Narcisa Polonio, Ed.D., Association of Community College Trustees  [17:51]
  • Elizabeth Rocklin, R.H. Perry & Associates [49:21]

April 4, 2012:  A high-level search process has been posted. Additional details, along with a timeline, will be made available once the search firm is identified.


April 4, 2012:  Interim Chancellor Suzanne Miles announced recently that she will not seek the permanent chancellor's position.