The University of Arizona's senior vice president, http://azstarnet.com/news/local/education/college/article_fcfd46ea-e79f-51bd-9f02-413217e875ec.html"> Joel Valdez, officially retires this week. Planning VP http://president.arizona.edu/prescomm_more.cfm?f_ID=132">Bob Smith is taking over in the interim.

Provost Meredith Hay is leading a national search committee for Valdez's replacement. She commented on the search during a strategic planning meeting last month. According to meeting minutes: "The committee is having difficulty attracting a diverse pool of candidates. The Hispanic candidates have all withdrawn, citing http://azstarnet.com/search/?l=50&sd=desc&s=start_time&f=html&q=SB1070"> SB 1070 as an issue of sufficient concern regarding bringing their families to Arizona."

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