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* Lambert leading candidate for Arizona job

The next step in the search for new chancellor at Pima Community College will be taken on the campus of Shoreline Community College.

Lee ACM 051013.jpgPima’s Board of Governors, in a special meeting Friday, May 10, 2013, approved travel expenses for a visit to Shoreline that could occur as soon as next week.

Shoreline President Lee Lambert is the leading candidate to be chancellor at the multi-campus district in Tucson, Ariz., according to Pima officials. At the Friday special meeting, Pima Governing Board Chair Brenda Even announced that Lambert was “the candidate that seemed to rise to the top.”

The Pima meeting and announcement came late Friday afternoon, after an all-campus meeting at Shoreline where Lambert discussed the Pima position.

In a unanimous vote, the Pima board authorized two board members and three employees to travel to Shoreline to conduct a site visit. No date for the visit was announced, but it is expected to be as soon as early next week. Chair Even described the visit as a typical part of the “due diligence process” in the hiring of a new chancellor.

“Shoreline has a lot of people and programs to be very proud of,” Lambert said. “I look forward to showing what we have built here to help our students be successful.”

Lambert is one of four finalists for the position that went to Tucson for extensive interviews. At the board meeting on Friday, Shoreline was the only site identified for a visit by the Pima delegation.

SCC/Jim Hills

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