Bob Kerry to Leave Position at New School

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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.