We Agree to Do Everything You Ask. . . Except, You Know, That Part About Us Having to Go! PCC Board Members Resist Pressure to Resign

bartFrom the Arizona Daily Star (4/14/13):

The head of Pima Community College‘s Governing Board doesn’t think the board mishandled sexual harassment complaints against former Chancellor Roy Flores, despite a recent finding by the school’s accreditor that it did.

In a recent speech to the college’s Faculty Senate, board Chairwoman Brenda Even maintained that the board – described by the accreditor as defensive and “dysfunctional” – has been criticized unjustly.

“I’m not planning to resign and I’m not necessarily agreeing,” with the recent findings of an investigation by the Chicago-based Higher Learning Commission, Even said at the Senate’s April 5 meeting, a video of which is posted on PCC’s website.

Her comments mark the first time a board member has spoken at length about the probe that found grave failures in college administration and governance.

Asked by faculty if she felt any culpability for PCC’s troubles, Even replied, “I feel that I have done a good job.”

(Read the entire article. Read the comments on the article. Watch the video from the April 5 faculty senate meeting.)

Gosh. Nothing defensive or dysfunctional in Even’s comments at all! You know, all this is actually sad because it’s neither surprising nor amazing. The PCC Governing Board agreed enough with the HLC report to have Suzanne Miles step down as interim chancellor and relax admissions standards that had been incorrectly imposed (as per the HLC), but they just can’t quite take that leap to personal accountability. The only real question now is how long is it until the next election for new board members?

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