What Part of “Get Lost” Do You NOT Understand? PCC Governing Board Members Still Being Pressured to Resign

Get Lost - redFrom the Arizona Daily Star (4/11/13):

Calls for resignations of Pima Community College Governing Board members grew louder and more diverse Wednesday.

More than a dozen speakers representing students, citizen groups, college employees and members of the Tucson-area business community called on the board’s four longest-serving members to step down in the wake of a recent report on grave shortcomings in PCC’s administration and governance.

It marked the third board meeting in a row at which Brenda Even, Scott Stewart, David Longoria and Marty Cortez were urged to leave after an accreditor’s investigation found them “dysfunctional” and ineffective.

(Read the entire article.)

There’s an interesting phenomenon going on here which you see all in dysfunctional organizations: blame the person who is no longer a part of the organization in lieu of anyone still at the organization accepting significant responsibility for anything that happened. Bret Linden noted in a recent guest editorial at the Tucson Sentinel that not all the bad behavior that happened at PCC is directly at the the feet of former chancellor Roy Flores (and the HLC reports said as much). Why? Because the dysfunctional environment that was part of the Flores regime created a “culture of fear” that filtered down to all levels of the organization. And that’s when that kind of bad behavior becomes ingrained in an institution for a long time no matter who may be at the top following a bad leader.

But it’s sure easy to blame Flores since he’s long gone while other major players–former interim chancellor Suzanne Miles and the governing board members who served during Flores’ tenure–are still around and kicking at PCC. It’ll be interesting to see what happens next as one can’t have much faith in the usual suspects to do the right thing when they’ve already proven over and over again that they’re not willing to do the right thing. Unless, of course, you know, they’re backed into a corner and even then it’s what will have the least amount of actual impact on them personally.

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One comment

  1. rubberneckingaround

    Well now, if these appointees won’t resign, it’s time to put a little pressure on the “appointer.” If the person who appointed them is an unaccountable–and therefore irresponsible–appointee, too, then keep climbing the chain of responsibility until arriving at an elected official’s doorstep. Then threaten a recall election. It’ll get some traction if enough people apply the heat.

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