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PCC Board Approves Publication of Proposed FY 2015 Budget

May 15, 2014



TUCSON, Ariz., May 15 -- Pima Community College issued the following news release:

The Pima Community College Governing Board on Wednesday unanimously approved publication of the Fiscal Year 2015 budget, and will conduct a public hearing and special board meeting on June 11 to adopt the budget and set property tax rates and levies.

The Board voted after Executive Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Dr. David Bea presented a summary (http://www.pima.edu/meeting-notices/presentations/2013-2015/201405-14-budget-presentation.pdf) of estimated sources of funds and expenditures for FY 2015.

Also, the Board unanimously approved a 3.0 percent salary pool increase for full-time faculty, exempt and non-exempt staff, and administrators for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

Adjunct faculty will receive an increase from $735 per load hour to $800 per load hour.

In other action Wednesday, the Board:

* Received information on the Human Resources Advisory Team, consisting of two members of the Board of Governors, the Assistant Vice Chancellor to the Chancellor, and the College's in-house legal counsel. Beginning in June 2014, the group will meet regularly to review information regarding how effectively the College is performing as measured by several core indicators.

* Unanimously approved membership on a new citizens' committee to help it oversee College financial policies and procedures.

The Finance and Audit Committee will comprise eight community representatives - who, collectively, have more than 200 years' experience in financial oversight -- and two Governing Board members. Community representatives:

* Bert Landau: 39 years' experience, mostly in higher education, working with financial management, accounting, compliance audits, financial planning, budget reporting, control investments, asset acquisition, and management of million-dollar budgets. Education: Education: Masters of Business Administration, University of Arizona

* Jesus Manzanedo: More than 12 years' experience performing internal audits and more than nine years' experience presenting audit findings for Pima County, including the Sheriff's Department. He has performed contract audits for the Marine Corps Non-Appropriated Fund Audit Service. Education: Masters of Business Administration, Grantham University

* Marie Nemerguth: More than 20 years' experience, primarily in the public sector, working with financial management; investments; internal audits; annual financial contracts; and the management and development of billion-dollar budgets. Education: Masters of Business Administration, Illinois State University

Tracy Nuckolls: More than 40 years' experience working with contracts/agreements; strategic Planning; legal education; corporate compliance programs; and risk management. He also helped develop the Finance Committee, and the Audit and Compliance Committee at Tucson Medical Center; and also served as Chair for the Finance Committee of Community Partnership of Southern Arizona. Education: Juris Doctor, University of Arizona

* Suzanne Roelike: Over 20 years' experience in financial organizations. She has implemented system controls to prevent irregularities, fraudulent activity; safeguard funds and assets; researched, analyzed, and developed international compliance documentation; gathered and analyzed financial and operational business information using statistical sampling techniques and ratio analysis. Education: Masters of Business Administration, University of Minnesota-Carlson School.

* William Schirmer: Three years as an accountant and more than 29 years' experience as an investigator for the U.S. Treasury Department. Since his retirement, Mr. Schirmer has served on boards of several churches. Education: Accounting Degree from Alfred State College

* Nathanael Tarwasokono (Chair): Currently president/CEO of the Pima Federal Credit Union. Over the past 10 years, Mr. Tarwasokono served as Internal Auditor, Fraud Investigator and Vice President of the credit union. Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Accounting, University of Phoenix

* Clarence Vatne: During his 40-year career, Mr. Vatne has been a U.S. General Accounting Office auditor, has served and retired from the U.S. Army, served as Chief Operating Officer or Chief Executive Officer for several public and private companies, and most recently served 13 years as CEO for Marana Heath Center. Education: Master of Science, Health Care Administration, Baylor University.

Dr. Sylvia Lee and Scott Stewart will represent the Governing Board on the committee.

In November, the Governing Board unanimously approved creation of a committee to help it assure the integrity of PCC financial information, audits, internal monitoring, and investment policies and performance. The Governing Board asked the public to volunteer for the committee. Twelve people submitted letters of interest and resumes.

PCC's chief financial officer will serve as an ex officio member and will provide the committee with staff support.

The committee will convene at least four times a year in public meetings and will report at regular Board meetings twice a year. Information about the committee, including minutes, agendas and briefing materials, will be part of a page on the PCC website.

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