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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Big changes for Pima Community College (PCC). Two top leaders are out of a job.

Downtown Campus President Luba Chliwniak and Downtown Campus Vice President Jerry Haynes have been replaced.

This comes as PCC is trying to rebound from academic probation.

PCC is the second largest community college in the state, but it arguably has the biggest problems right now.

It's still under threat of losing accreditation because of financial and integrity issues.

PCC's new chancellor has sent out a letter to the college community informing them that the president and a vice president at the Downtown Campus are gone.

More changes could be on the way.

The saying, "There's a new sheriff in town," applies to Pima Community College Chancellor, Dr. Lee Lambert.

It appears the cleanup at the college has begun.

In his letter to the college community Lambert explains changes at the top at the Downtown Campus and that he is bringing in someone from the outside to examine the situation downtown.

"I set high standards for myself and, in turn, I set those same high standards for the people who are going to work for me," Lambert says.

Among the reasons for replacing the leaders downtown was the operation of the PCC Veterans Center.

There were significant issues there that had veterans losing trust in the center.

Lambert says he wants to create an environment that builds a bridge that allows veterans to successfully transition to civilian life.

"I want to look and have conversations with veterans to understand better what their needs are so we can build that bridge," Lambert says.

He says he will look for ideas from the best veterans centers.

"Who's doing it well and how can we emulate that and even take it to another level. My former institution, we were a Veterans Center of Excellence. And at a minimum, this college has got to get to that standard," Lambert says.

As for the rest of the college, the search for new leadership downtown appears to be just the beginning as Lambert raises the bar and expresses his high expectations to PCC employees.

"My focus is bringing people to that line. If they can't get to the line, then adjustments will have to be made."

In his letter, Lambert tells PCC students and employees, "Restoring professionalism and confidence in the leadership and governance of the college is one my key goals for 2013-14."

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