Gcc President Wants Special Assistant

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One month after the Gila Community College board opposed hiring a part-time accountant, board chairman Bob Ashford suggested hiring an executive liaison that would report to him.

Ashford said the person could simplify financial data from Eastern Arizona College, and said he talked to the county about paying the salary.

Ultimately, the board tabled the measure because they wanted more time to read the job description. Ashford released his write-up the day of the board meeting.

Previously, board member Tom Loeffler had suggested hiring an accountant to help the college oversee its finances. He proposed financing the position by renegotiating the college’s operating contract and making the three deans that run GCC direct employees, instead of EAC employees. Eastern administers GCC and charges a 25 percent overhead fee on all expenses.

GCC would have saved $87,000 in overhead by employing its own deans, which Loeffler said could finance the accounting position. The board defeated that motion 3-2.

By contrast, Ashford, who voted against Loeffler’s proposal, envisioned a liaison that would function as the “first point of contact” for GCC. The person would provide financial forecasts, help with budget development, and research grants.

He would develop custom spreadsheets from EAC’s financials — which the college provides in Microsoft Word, not Excel, and help prepare board packets.

Basic qualifications included at least 10 years of experience in education, and preferably a master’s degree.

A proposed salary was not listed.

GCC’s contract appears to prohibit the board from hiring employees for education-related duties.

Ashford said he’d check with EAC to see if his proposal violated the contract.

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