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Jan 29, 2014 6:42 PM by Nathan O'Neal

Head of PCC nursing program resigns amid misconduct allegations

TUCSON - A dean at Pima Community College's nursing program resigned and a lab specialist was placed on administrative leave after an internal investigation looks into allegations of soliciting prescription drugs.

Marty Mayhew was an Academic Dean with the college. Her last day was on Tuesday. Lab specialist Nancy Peasley was put on administrative leave.

PCC Chancellor Lee Lambert told News 4 Tucson that an internal investigation was conducted by the college after hearing about the alleged misconduct.

"There was some concern about the nursing program and how it's being managed and some highly inappropriate activity occurring related to the transfer of prescription drugs specifically and some other issues," Lee said. "So we brought in an outside person to take a look at what's going on."

The findings of that investigation were handed over to the Arizona State Nursing Board, which is conducting its own investigation.

Details of PCC's findings were not released given the ongoing nature of the Nursing Board's investigation.

Pima Community College was previously placed on probation last year by the Higher Learning Commission for not addressing problems properly.

Lee told News 4 Tucson that decisive action in this case will hopefully put that old reputation to rest.

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