Four decades ago, PCC’s Downtown Campus opened its doors with a commitment to helping the people of this community achieve and succeed. On May 20, I had the great pleasure of attending a reunion of the founding members of the campus.
It was a special day as we honored former staff, faculty and administrators who laid strong roots for this campus. Between 75 and 100 people attended the event, including students and employees both past and present, members of the community and the PCC Board of Governors.
It was gracious of Robert Agrella to speak at the afternoon reception in the Amethyst Room at Downtown Campus. Bob was the founding associate dean, a position equivalent to today’s campus president. He admittedly got a little emotional during his time at the lectern.
Bob recalled working in an atmosphere where everybody pulled together and did what was necessary. He remembered the camaraderie, trust and teamwork that existed among co-workers. He described being part of the founding of the campus as “exciting, invigorating, sometimes frightening, challenging, but always very satisfying.” I hope we all feel that way about working at Pima today.
Bob also put into perspective the current challenges Pima faces when he noted the College always “emerges as a much stronger and better institution.” Pima is well on its way to doing the same today.
Again, my heartfelt thanks go out all those who built the campus into what it is today. I also want to express my gratitude to everybody who played a role in pulling this wonderful event together, including retired Pima employees Art Evans and Tim Murphy; Interim President Gwen Joseph; Acting Vice President for Instruction Pat Houston and the rest of their team at Downtown Campus; and the Events, Marketing and Media Production teams at District Office.