2 finalists named as PIma Community College picks new chancellor

Pima Community College has announced its two finalists for the role of chancellor, as the institution seeks to appoint a new leader who will guide the college into its next chapter of growth and development.

The first finalist is Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, who brings extensive experience in higher education leadership. She previously served as Chancellor of Maricopa Community Colleges in Arizona, one of the largest community college systems in the United States. Known for her commitment to student success and equity, Dr. Harper-Marinick has a strong track record of implementing initiatives that enhance educational opportunities for all students. Her vision includes fostering innovation within academic programs and expanding partnerships with local businesses to ensure that graduates are well-prepared for the workforce.

The second finalist is Dr. David Doré, currently serving as Campus President and Vice Chancellor of Workforce Development and Strategic Partnerships at Pima Community College. Dr. Doré has been instrumental in advancing workforce development programs and aligning them with the needs of regional industries. His focus on creating robust training programs and his dedication to student support services has won him accolades from both the academic community and local employers. Dr. Doré aims to continue building Pima’s reputation as a leader in workforce education while enhancing the overall student experience.

Both candidates come with impressive resumes and a deep understanding of community college dynamics. The final decision will be based on their plans to address key issues such as student retention, financial stability, and the integration of technology into learning environments.

Pima Community College is expected to make its final decision by the end of this month, following a series of public forums where both candidates will present their strategic visions and answer questions from faculty, students, and staff. The new chancellor will be tasked with leading the college through post-pandemic recovery efforts and ensuring that it meets the educational needs of its diverse student population.

As Pima Community College gears up for this important transition, everyone is eager to see which candidate will emerge as the next chancellor and how they will shape the future of this vital educational institution.