Arizona's Pima Community College postpones chancellor search over fraud accusations against finalist
- Pima Community College in Arizona postponed its search for a new chancellor after discovering that top-two finalist Maria Sheehan, currently president of Truckee Meadows Community College, was the chief executive of California's Desert Community College District during a seven-year period of fraud there.
- According to the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, the Desert Community College District "improperly and knowingly claimed excess state apportionment funding" beginning during Sheehan's chief executive term in 2003-04 and lasting until two years after she left the position in 2009-10.
- The report from a November audit conducted by California's Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team revealed the district was overpaid $5.2 million during the fraud period, and Sheehan issued a statement Friday expressing her shock at the reports, saying that she depended on staff and instructed them to remain in compliance.
From the article:
An Arizona college’s search for a new chancellor has been postponed after it found TMCC President Maria Sheehan — a top-two finalist for the job — was the chief executive of a California community college district during a seven-year period of fraud there, according to Pima Community College’s search advisory committee. ...
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