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Finalists announced for PCC's new chancellor

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Terrence J. Burgess, Ph.D. and Dr. María C. Sheehan Terrence J. Burgess, Ph.D. and Dr. María C. Sheehan
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson News Now has learned the names of the finalists being considered for Pima Community College's next chancellor.

Co-chairs of a citizens' committee leading the search presented the list to its governing board.

The finalists are:  

Dr. María C. Sheehan

President, Truckee Meadows Community College- Reno, Nevada

Dr. Sheehan has served as president of Truckee Meadows Community College since 2008.  Prior to that, she was the superintendent/president of Desert Community College District in Palm Desert, California, and from 1995-2001, she was president of Modesto Junior College in Modesto, Calif.

She has also served as the vice chancellor of human resources for the California Community Colleges, Office of the Chancellor, in Sacramento, Calif., a system composed of 72 districts and 107 community colleges. She started her career as a primary school teacher in South Pasadena, Calif.

Dr. Sheehan was awarded the 2006 Presidential Leadership Award by the Network of California Community College Foundations (NCCCF), bestowed annually on one California community college president or chancellor.


  • Ed.D., Higher Education Administration, Pepperdine University
  • Master of Science, Counseling, California State University, Long Beach,
  • Master of Arts, Special Education, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, California State University, Los Angeles


Terrence J. Burgess, Ph.D.

President, San Diego City College- San Diego, California

Dr. Burgess has served as the president of San Diego City College since 2001.  He served as the president of Chabot College in Hayward, CA from 1998-2001, and as vice president of instruction with Irvine Valley College in Irvine, CA from 1986 to 1997, including one year of service as interim president.

Dr. Burgess is a lecturer in the College of Education of San Diego State University, where he teaches courses in the educational doctorate program and serves on student dissertation committees.

He began his career in higher education in the 1970s as a professor of biology in various community colleges, California State University and the University of California.


  • Ph.D., Applied Management and Decision Science with a specialization in Higher Education Administration, Walden University, Minneapolis
  • Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts, Biological Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles and California State University, Fullerton

The two finalists will visit the college in the upcoming weeks. They will meet with the public and employees, as well as being interviewed by the board. The finalists were selected out of the 39 people that applied.

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