Bob Kerry to Leave Position at New School

Bob Kerrey will end his beleagured tenure at the New School, and step down as its president in 2011, when his contract expires in July.

REPORTER: Nancy Donner, communications Vice President at the New School says Kerry had always intended to serve just two, five-year terms.

DONNER: I think that's a decision that he's always had in his head. His intention in his head, and that he's discussed it with the trustees, the decision between him and the trustees.

REPORTER: She says Kerry wanted to give New School officials ample time to search for, hire and prepare a new president. Kerrey, a former Senator from Nebraska, raised the profile of the New School during his tenure. But he also repeatedly clashed with faculty and students.

Last month, a demonostration by several students temporarily shut down a campus building.