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Wal-Mart's vice president of corporate communications, is leaving the retail giant after a background check revealed he hadn't finished his college degree. David Tovar told CNBC the resume error was discovered while he was undergoing the process of being promoted to senior vice president. He had been with the company for eight years. "In the background check my education was flagged. They asked me about it, and I was 100 percent transparent." Following four years at the University of Delaware, Tovar said, he walked in the graduation ceremony, moved to New York and landed a job. Several months later, he said, he learned he was a few credits short of earnings his degree following a mix-up. "I really didn't think an art degree would matter in communications, which was the field I went into," he said. "Wal-Mart said they could not promote me based on what they found. I said that the more senior job is the one that I wanted, so we agreed I would leave," he said.