Dr. Zelema Harris
courtesy of Pima Community College

Dr. Zelema Harris, a veteran educator with more than 30 years’ experience at community colleges, has accepted an Interim appointment as Pima Community College’s Executive Vice Chancellor for Institutional Effectiveness.

Dr. Harris served as Interim Chancellor from April through June of this year. “During her short time at PCC, Dr. Harris expertly set the College on a course to successfully emerge from probation. She quickly earned the respect of the community and of her colleagues at PCC,” said Chancellor Lee D. Lambert, who began at PCC on July 1.  “Her insights and guidance will prove invaluable as we move forward.”

Dr. Harris will serve as Chancellor Lambert’s principal advisor and liaison. Her specific responsibilities include representing the College in the community, supervision of ongoing projects, strategic planning and change management, as well as oversight of Planning and Institutional Research, State Government Relations, Public Information and Federal Government Relations, Grants, and the PCC Foundation.

Dr. Harris begins work Monday, Nov. 4.

From 2007 to 2011, Dr. Harris served as Chancellor of St. Louis Community College, Missouri’s largest community college system. She also served as President of Parkland College in Champaign, Ill. and President of Penn Valley Community College in Kansas City, Mo.

Dr. Harris earned her master of science and doctorate of education degrees from the University of Kansas. She holds a bachelor of science degree from Prairie View (Texas) A&M University.

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