PCC board accepts Flores' resignation letter

2012-04-18T00:03:00Z 2012-04-18T09:32:55Z PCC board accepts Flores' resignation letterCarol Ann Alaimo Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 18, 2012 12:03 am  • 

The board that runs Pima Community College accepted the resignation of its former chancellor Tuesday, a few weeks after he was accused of misconduct by several female employees.

In a "resignation and retirement" letter, former Chancellor Roy Flores said he's leaving June 30 due to "health problems," instead of staying on the payroll until next June as he would have under a deal the board approved several weeks ago.

"Continuing health problems will not allow me to provide additional services to the college, not even in an advisory capacity," Flores wrote.

His letter is dated Monday - three days after PCC sent out an after-hours news release saying Flores would "end his affiliation with the college" a year earlier than planned.

Flores has had health issues dating to last fall, when he underwent a quadruple bypass.

The board agreed in late February to let him step down as chancellor, take sick leave for up to five months, then stay on at PCC in an undefined role until June 2013, while still collecting his $280,000-plus chancellor salary.

Since then, several current and former female employees have come forward to the college accusing Flores of misconduct, the Arizona Daily Star has learned.

The college hired a law firm to investigate the women's claims. The board chairman, Scott Stewart, has declined to comment on the situation, as has the college's attorney, John Richardson.

On Tuesday, PCC refused a Star request to release a copy of the investigative findings.

"Both state and federal law, as well as college policy, require documents related to these allegations to remain confidential," PCC spokesman C.J. Karamargin said in an email.

Flores has not responded to seven requests for comment over the last few days, including a voice mail left on Tuesday.

The former chancellor, who turned 70 this month, has been at PCC since 2003.

Contact reporter Carol Ann Alaimo at calaimo@azstarnet.com or at 573-4138.

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