The University of Arizona's senior vice president, Joel Valdez, officially retires this week. Planning VP 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 The Hispanic candidates have all withdrawn, citing SB 1070 as an issue of sufficient concern regarding bringing their families to Arizona."

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