A former president of a New Mexico community college has been appointed interim president of Pima Community College's downtown Tucson campus.

Sheila Ortego served as president of Santa Fe Community College from 2006-2012.

She has graduate degrees from the University of New Mexico.

PCC's spokesman C.J. Karamargin said the new appointment will bring stability to the school's leadership.

"We've had a lot of transition over the past couple of years," he said. As Chancellor Lee Lambert has said, Sheila has proven herself to be very capable."

The top leadership post of Pima Community College's downtown campus became vacant a month ago when the then-president was terminated after an investigation of complaints about campus leadership.

The school is also on a two-year probation from the Higher Learning Commission, a national creditor for colleges.

AZPM's Amanda LeClaire contributed to this story