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Robert Shelton Fiesta Bowl resignation: It's just the right time

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Robert Shelton says he's reached the fourth quarter as executive director of the Fiesta Bowl. It's a job he signed on for in June 2011.

"I originally thought I would be here for four years or maybe longer. But hey, we've accomplished the goals and now it's time to give someone else a chance to lead this great organization," said Shelton.

Shelton, former president of the University of Arizona, was hired to help the Fiesta Bowl rebuild its tattered image following a campaign finance scheme.

"Robert has done a terrific job of doing exactly what we needed him to do: Restoring credibility at a time when we needed that," explained Brian Hall, chairman of the Fiesta Bowl's board of directors.

Even in his brief tenure, Hall says Shelton cleaned up a huge mess and turned the organization around.

"He's also helped us land a spot in the college football playoff rotation," Hall added.

In the last six months Shelton says he's had numerous conversations with the board of directors about what to do next.

"It's just the right mix of timing for both of us," Shelton said.

"We didn't ask him to leave us. He's found a great opportunity and we're really happy for him and we're grateful for the time he spent here," Hall said.

Shelton isn't leaving empty-handed. CBS 5 News confirmed that the Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors will honor the rest of Shelton's four-year contract, which came with a base salary of $455,000 plus incentives. That means he'll leave for his new job with nearly a $700,000 payout.

Shelton is a physicist by profession and is headed for a job to be president of the Research Corporation for Science Advancement in Tucson.

Current board member Duane Woods, who is a former board chairman, will be interim executive director.

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