A former New Mexico educator will start work Monday as an interim campus president at Pima Community College.
Sheila Ortego, who retired last year as president of Santa Fe Community College, will take over the top job at PCC’s Community Campus on North Bonita Avenue, home to online and noncredit education.
Ortego will be paid $173,000 a year and is due to stay on until mid-2014 while the college searches for a permanent hire. “Sheila has proven herself to be a capable, innovative leader at the highest level of community college governance,” PCC Chancellor Lee Lambert said in a news release announcing the appointment.
Ortego replaces former Community Campus President Suzanne Miles, who resigned abruptly in June, not long after her ethics and competence were called into question by PCC’s accreditor.
Ortego is the second temporary executive hired this week as the college begins filling several senior positions left vacant through firings, resignations or retirements.
Mark Ziska, a local human resources consultant, started work Wednesday as interim human resources director at a salary of $180,000.