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Problems with PCC chancellor search

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

At a special meeting of the Pima Community College governing board Tuesday night, their first move was keep their timetable of finding a new chancellor by this summer.  Their second was to fire search consultant R.H. Perry.

"We can all imagine and you along with us, how disappointing it has been to have this turn of events and that our search consultant was not on top of this," Pima Community College governing board member Marty Cortez told the room at the meeting.

The board then moved to select another firm that had already submitted a proposal the first time around.  The board voted unanimously to hire the Association of Community College Trustees or ACCT to do another search.  They'll have to find more candidates, and the current finalist can also stay in the running if he wants.  This does put more time pressure on the board to meet their deadline for a new chancellor.

"The ACCT group will do a good job at trying to ferret out any other candidates. If we get down to the wire again into May when we're hoping to have a candidate and that's not there, then the board will make other arrangements and we'll move forward. We're moving forward, no matter what," PCC governing board chair Brenda Even said.

The board attorney said that they are exploring how much if any of the $52,000 they paid R.H. Perry they can get back from that firm, since it failed to properly vet a finalist.

One of the two finalists dropped out, Dr. Maria Sheehan withdrew Friday after questions arose about a previous job as president of a community college near Palm Springs. 

California auditors found the school overstated enrollment and over billed the state during Sheehan's term.  Dr. Sheehan has said she didn't know about this.

Her withdrawal leaves Dr. Terrance Burgess, President of San Diego City College, as the remaining finalist for PCC Chancellor. 

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