Fiesta hires UA president as executive director

By BOB BAUM | June 13, 2011 | 8:15 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The troubled Fiesta Bowl has hired University of Arizona President Robert Shelton as executive director to replace the ousted John Junker.

Shelton, who held the top position at the Tucson university for five years, is a member of the presidential oversight committee for the Bowl Championship Series, the system that determines major college football's national champion.

The BCS recently fined the bowl $1 million but allowed the event to remain as one of its four games.

Junker was fired earlier this year after an internal investigation uncovered apparently illegal campaign contributions by staff and lavish spending by him on parties and a night at a strip club.