Tonight, the Pima Community College hosted its fourth and final public forum introducing the candidates for next chancellor. It's part of our continuing coverage on the PCC probation troubles, and we've been following the four chancellor candidates all week.
The last candidate is Elnora Tena Webb, president of Laney College in Oakland, California. Webb was previously the vice president of instruction at that institution. She has a background in humanities.
Her current college is emerging from its own probation problems. The question is whether the right person to help PCC out of probation can be someone who's gone through it before.
Elnora Webb inheritted some issues when she became president of Laney College in Oakland, California.
She explained a review that showed problems with her college's district; issues with audits, fiscal problems and board micro management.
Right now, that college is no longer on probation; it has a warning status which is less severe.
Webb says she expects the warning status to be lifted in June when the review group meets with the college.
She described how her college and her district got out of its probation.
"We developed and worked a systematic plan across the district," she said. "We worked in collaboration with our other colleges and what the board did in particular is they removed the previous chancellor said thank you for your services, they removed the vice chancellor of finance, said thank you for your services, and brought in the right individuals."
Webb was asked about how she would work with PCC's governing board if she were chosen as chancellor.
"Through listening sessions, through working groups to make sure they move beyond whatever the issues were before," Webb said. "My responsibility is to enable them to do the right thing even when no one's looking and provide them with the guidance to do that."
Members of the public, including PCC faculty, staff, and board members of past and present, have used the forums to ask candidates how they will move the college forward, deal with a dysfunctional board, and use a management style to include input from PCC members.
Throughout the week, the public met candidates Lee Lambert, Terrence Burgess, and Greg Smith.
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