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New PCC interim chancellor's first day

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Pima Community College is under the leadership of a new chancellor starting Monday. Doctor Zelema Harris takes over the post on interim basis and she's entering a school that's certainly facing some big challenges.

Doctor Harris is optimistic about turning the college around. Despite its rocky past, Dr. Harris says strong leadership is what it will take.

A decision from the Higher Learning Commission should come down sometime this week after it slammed PCC in a report and threatened to put the college on probation.

Dr. Harris says the school's problems are not big and mainly deal with administration.

She says she's had success throughout her career, turning around college's in a reasonable time by working with some key administrators.

"I think sometimes when there's this shadow it gets bigger than life and we fail to acknowledge all of the good work that's going on," said Dr. Harris. "Part of my role is to remember what PCC does for the community."

The PCC board expects to hire a permanent chancellor by July. Previous interim chancellor Suzanne Miles stepped down after the initial report came out and previous chancellor Ray Flores resigned after concern including sexual harassment accusations.

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