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Pima extends Lambert's contract, bumps pay and vacation

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Pima extends Lambert's contract, bumps pay and vacation

  • Lambert in June 2013.
    Dylan Smith/TucsonSentinel.comLambert in June 2013.

The chancellor of Pima Community College, Lee Lambert, got a stamp of approval from the school's Governing Board on Wednesday. His contract was extended for one year, and his salary increased by $8,700 — a three percent raise.

Lambert's vacation time was also increased, by more than a week, from 24 days of leave each year to 32.

Lambert, who marked his first year running the college at the beginning of the month, is still dealing with past administrative bungling that led the Higher Learning Commission to place PCC on probation in spring 2013.

The school will submit a report on its progress for review later this year, and the sanctions could be lifted by a vote of the accrediting body in February.

Lambert's new base salary will be $298,700, up from the $290,000 he was paid over the last year.

That bump is "consistent with the Board’s approval in May of a 3.0 percent salary pool increase for full-time faculty, exempt and non-exempt employees, and administrators for 2014-15," college spokesman C.J. Karamargin said in a news release.

Lambert's original contract, in effect for the past year, called for him to accumulate leave time at the same rate as other administrative employees, up to 24 days per year.

The new contract allots him up to 32 days of vacation, with the option of selling back unused leave during the first 60 days of a fiscal year, or accruing it up to the normal college limit of 336 hours.

The contract will now run through June 30, 2017. The terms of the deal don't allow for a raise in the final year, but an increase for other college administrators in 2015 would trigger a jump in Lambert's pay.

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