PCC Downtown campus loses President, Vice President
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Pima Community College downtown campus will see a change in leadership after its President and Vice President were fired.
A spokesperson for PCC tells KGUN9 that en email went out to the staff informing them of the changes.
Lee Lambert, PCC's Chancellor wrote in the email that a change in leadership was "necessary."
In the meantime, Charlotte Fugett, the current president of the East Campus will serve as Acting President at Downtown.
Over 1,000 of the students walking the halls of Pima Community College are veterans relying on resources like the veteran's center in the downtown campus to help them get acclimated back into the civilian world.
But, word was that help they needed was not there.
A vet himself, PCC Chancellor Lee Lambert told us after investigating complaints, he had to make some serious decisions.
"When I hear that we're not providing the proper support, we're not making sure that documents are being handled properly, so that makes life difficult for our veterans, that concerns me deeply," Lambert told us.
At this point, Lambert could not go into details about the claims made.
So, we took to PCC to find out for ourselves.
Although the vets we talked to would not go on camera, some told us the have heard rumors that staff were "breaking the law".
Some also told us they "don't answer calls, misfile paperwork" and "acted like helping them was a nuisance."
One man told a story about a vet who Chliwniak yelled at for having his service dog off a leash on campus, something he said is standard procedure for a dog helping someone with post traumatic stress.
On the other hand, we talked to some vets who said they've had "good experiences" with the center, telling us "nothing needs to change."
Here is the full email sent to employees:
I am writing to inform you of changes in leadership at our Downtown Campus. I have asked Charlotte Fugett, President of East Campus, to serve as Acting President at Downtown.
President Fugett and Vice President of Instruction Brigid Murphy will play the lead role in the naming of an Acting Downtown Campus Vice President of Student Development in the near future.
I informed about 125 members of the Downtown and PCC communities of the changes during a very productive meeting at Downtown this morning. As Chancellor, I determined that a change in leadership was necessary and in the best long-term interest of Downtown Campus and PCC as a whole. I made the decision following careful deliberation. One critical aspect of my decision involved engaging an external person to examine the situation at Downtown. It should be noted that at the meeting I addressed untrue rumors that Downtown's former President and VPSD were escorted off campus property last week.
Given the importance of Downtown and the need for institutional stability, PCC immediately will begin a search for an Interim President and Interim VPSD. I have asked the Downtown Campus community to offer insights regarding the qualities persons seeking these positions should hold, and to identify potential candidates, and assured personnel that Downtown Campus employees will be part of the interview process.
Restoring professionalism and confidence in the leadership and governance of the College is one my key goals for 2013-14. The upcoming searches will provide us with an opportunity to hire individuals who meet the high standards I hold for myself and for the entire administrative team at PCC.
I would like to thank President Fugett and VPI Murphy for stepping up to take on this considerable addition to their workload. I also want to thank those employees who took the time to attend today's meeting. Their thoughtful questions and comments indicated a keen desire to ensure that Downtown remains an important community resource as well as an inviting place for students to learn.
All of us do the job we do because of our shared commitment to students and our belief in the power of learning. At this time of transition, it is vital that we keep those thoughts foremost in our minds.
Lee D. Lambert,
Reporter Rikki Mitchell contributed to this report