Pima Community College has hired an interim boss for a campus recently left leaderless after two top officials were fired.

Gwendolyn G. Joseph, a former vice president of Kentucky’s community and technical college system, starts work Dec. 16 as interim president of PCC’s Downtown Campus at Speedway and North Stone Avenue.

She’ll earn about $172,000 a year under a contract that expires in mid-2014.

“Gwen has solid track record of thoughtful, executive-level academic leadership,” Chancellor Lee Lambert said in a news release Tuesday.

Joseph was one of two candidates interviewed for the post. The other was eliminated after PCC learned of his ethical problems at a previous employer.

Joseph worked for the Kentucky system from 2006 to 2011. Last year, she served as interim CEO and dean of a small Montana college and also spent three years as dean at a college in the Houston area.

Former Downtown Campus President Luba Chliwniak and Vice President Jerry Haynes were terminated in September in the wake of complaints about harassment and administrative turmoil on their watch.

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