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PCC interim chief: 'Not here to keep chair warm'

Saying Pima Community College is a "fundamentally strong institution," the school's interim chancellor, Zelema Harris, released a public letter Wednesday in which she said, "I am here to get the College off to a good start. I am not here to keep the Chancellor's chair warm until a permanent successor is chosen. I have a job to do and I fully intend to do it."... Read more»

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Apr 24, 2013, 10:09 pm
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I am not here to keep the Chancellor’s chair warm until a permanent successor is chosen.

...It is not my intention to stay beyond that date.

To me, these two statements either contradict each other, or Harris as unrealistic expectations concerning how much she can do with the time she has.

When the HLC shows up, one of the first things they’re going to see the Flores board still seated. One would be very naive to think that the HLC hasn’t been paying attention to all the…what Iadevia calls “small groups”...who have been calling for their resignations. Trust me, that’s not going to bode well for PCC.

Believe it or not, I love PCC. It has many great people and does great things. But, on its current course it doesn’t stand a chance. Drastic changes are going to have to happen to change that course, changes that I doubt very seriously those in charge will be willing to make.

I’m looking forward to seeing of Harris will initiate some long-overdue firings.

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Apr 25, 2013, 8:51 am
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I know I just commented last night, but I wanted to share a thought…

If Harris is planning to stay through the long haul, then she should make some changes. If she’s only going to stay until August, then she should just keep the chair warm.

It isn’t good for anyone to confuse the soldiers in the field. It is counter productive to get the soldiers subscribed to one theory of how they’re going to be successful, and then a short time later have a new general who comes in and then tries to get them to subscribe to a completely different theory.

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