PIMA COUNTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT LINDA ARZOUMANIAN APPOINTS MARTHA DURKIN TO FILL DISTRICT 5 VACANCY ON PIMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOARD OF GOVERNORS
“Pima County School Superintendent, Dr. Linda Arzoumanian, has selected Martha Durkin to fill the District 5 vacancy on the Board of Governors of Pima Community College. The Community Advisory Committee made its recommendation to Dr. Arzoumanian after interviewing five applicants on August 29, 2015. Dr. Arzoumanian selected Ms. Durkin for having a background that matches the challenges of moving Pima Community College forward. In her interview with the Committee, she provided a clear, concise message to build consensus through her ability to communicate effectively. Ms. Durkin will be able to help the Board and the College to rebuild the integrity in the management of its program to promote transparence and openness. Ms. Durkin will begin her term upon taking the Oath of Office and will serve through December 2016. This position will be on the November 2016 Genersal Election ballot for a special, two-year term.
Ms. Durkin fills the seat left vacant by the resignation of Marty Cortez on June 29, 2015. Dr. Arzoumanian would like to thank the members of the community advisory committee – Ana Valenzuela Estrada, Yolanda Herrera, Phil Lopes, Mark Hinrichs, Alec Moreno, Mays Imad, Don Harp and Dr. H.T. Sánchez – for their important work and commitment to this process. Dr. Arzoumanian would also like to thank the applicants for their desire to serve the College community and to recognize the strength of the pool of candidates. For information regarding the selection process, contact Ricardo Hernandez, 520.724.8451 or firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Carolyn’s note: Martha Durkin is the City of Tucson’s Deputy City Manager. She was also until just recently the Interim City Manager until the hiring of City Manager Michael Ortega, who started work on July 1, 2015.
The other four applicants for this District 5 board position were activist Cecilia Cruz, instuctor Richard Fridena, Luis Gonzales, and instructor James Mielke. Fridena had run for a PCC Governing Board seat previously in 2012. Luis Gonzales is a former State Senator. Former Pima County Supervisor Jim Murphy and instructor Francis Saitta (who also ran for a PCC Board seat in 2012) withdrew after filing their applications.