University of Utah’s chief diversity officer stepping down

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Months after students protested after hearing he was being forced out, University of Utah’s chief diversity officer, Octavio Villalpando, announced Monday he will step down.

Villalpando said he’s ready to return to teaching and research.

"I’ve accomplished about as much as I can accomplish in this job," said Villalpando, who has been associate vice president for equity and diversity for 7½ years. He pointed to the Diversity Scholars mentoring program as the office’s most important contribution under his leadership.

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