The Pima Community College Governing Board has selected an interim chancellor to run the troubled school for the next several months.
On Tuesday, the board unanimously selected Zelema Harris to run the district from April 15 through at least June 30. The college is in the process of searching for a permanent chancellor.
Harris has more than 30 years in the education field and is the retired chancellor of St. Louis Community College. She retired from that position in 2011.
Harris will replace Suzanne Miles, who is stepping down as interim chancellor. Miles said she will stay on at PCC in a lesser role as president of the college's community campus.
From 2007 to 2011, Harris served as chancellor of St. Louis Community College, Missouri’s largest community college system.
She also served as president of Parkland College in Champaign, Ill. and president of Penn Valley Community College in Kansas City, Mo.
PCC is awaiting a decision by its accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission, on whether the college will be placed on probation for what the commission said were pervasive problems, including corrupt hiring and contracting practices, a “culture of fear and retribution” created by abusive administrators, and a “dysfunctional” board that shirked its oversight duties and dismissed its critics.
Harris was among five candidates interviewed last week by the board and representatives of college employee groups.
Read more of this story in Wednesday's Star.