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PCC Hires Veteran Local Attorney as General Counsel

January 10, 2013

Tucson, AZ – The Pima Community College Governing Board unanimously approved the hiring of Jeffrey Silvyn, an attorney with 20 years’ experience practicing law in Tucson and California, to be the College’s general counsel.

The vote was taken during the Board’s monthly regular meeting Jan. 9 at PCC’s District Office.

The hiring follows an external recruitment to fill the position. Twenty-seven people applied and were screened by an advisory group. Four candidates were invited for interviews.

 “Creating a general counsel position is a very cost-effective way for the College to obtain legal services,” said Dr. Brenda B. Even, chair of the Governing Board. “We still will use our local attorneys for special issues.”

Mr. Silvyn is general counsel at the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation in Tucson, where he has been employed since 2008. Established by Congress in 1992, the foundation is a non-partisan independent federal agency dedicated to “educating a new generation of Americans to preserve and protect their national heritage through scholarship, fellowship and internship programs focused on environmental and Native American issues,” according to its website.

The foundation also operates the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, which promotes collaboration to address environmental issues and the prevention and resolution of environmental conflicts.

Mr. Silvyn also has seven years’ experience at the Waterfall Economidis Caldwell Hanshaw & Villamana law firm in Tucson, and worked nine years at Fennemore Craig in Tucson and Musick Peeler & Garrett in Los Angeles.

Mr. Silvyn has a bachelor of arts degree in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University, and received his law degree from UCLA.

At the Board’s Annual Meeting:

  • Sylvia M. Lee, Ph.D. and Marty Cortez were sworn in as Governing Board Members. Pima County School Superintendent Linda Arzoumanian administered the Loyalty Oath to Ms. Lee, who was elected to represent District 3 in November 2012, and to Ms. Cortez, who represents District 5 and was re-elected to serve a fourth term. A five-member elected Board governs PCC. Board Members serve six-year terms.

  • The Board elected Dr. Brenda B. Even Governing Board chair for 2013, and David Longoria was elected secretary. In 2012, Board Member Scott Stewart was chair and Dr. Even served as secretary.

  • The Board approved its schedule of meetings through January 2014:
    • Feb. 27: El Pueblo Liberty Learning Center, Rooms 5 and 6, 101 W. Irvington Road
    • March 13: Northwest Campus Community Room, 7600 N. Shannon Road
    • April 10: District Office Community Board Room, 4905 E. Broadway
    • May 8: El Rio Learning Center, Sun and Moon Room, 1390 W. Speedway Blvd.
    • June 12, Public Hearing, Special Meeting and Regular Meeting: District Office Community Board Room
    • July 10, Special Meeting/Working Session: District Office Community Board Room
    • Aug. 14: District Office Community Board Room
    • Sept. 11: District Office Community Board Room
    • Oct. 9: District Office Community Board Room
    • Nov. 13: District Office Community Board Room
    • Dec. 11, Special Meeting/Working Session: Community Campus Room A-109/112, 401 N. Bonita Ave.
    • Jan. 6, 2014, Annual Meeting and Regular Meeting: District Office Community Board Room

C.J. Karamargin
Vice Chancellor for Public Information and Government Relations
(520) 206-4850