Rochester, MN  (KROC AM News) - The troubled tenure of Rochester Community and Technical College President Leslie McClellon is coming to a close.

In a letter distributed to RCTC students and staff on Thursday, McClellon announced she will be stepping down on January 8th and has accepted a new job with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System in St. Paul.

She has been criticized for leadership shortcomings and missteps in letters sent to MNSCU leaders by RCTC students, faculty and staff, and the student president recently called for her immediate removal. In her letter, the embattled college administrator indicated “the college community has and is being diverted from its mission” and she believes it is in the best interest of the college for her to step down “so that the staff and students can move forward focus solely on achieving the mission of RCTC.” She went on to say that the current environment at the school is not healthy for students or the community.

MNSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone says he will recommend the appointment of an interim president and plans to meet with RCTC students and staff on January 8 to discuss the leadership transition process. He says the goal is to have a permanent replacement for McClellon before the start of the 2016-2017 school year.