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Harvard President to Resign After Turbulent Five-Year Term


The president of Harvard University in the U.S. state of Massachusetts has announced plans to resign after a five-year term marred by clashes with professors.

In a statement Tuesday on its Web site, the university said will resign at the end of the current school year.

His resignation comes as Harvard faculty planned to consider a second no-confidence motion against him. The first one passed last year after Summers suggested that innate gender differences may explain why fewer women work in the sciences and math.

The university said former Harvard president Derek Bok will serve as the school's interim president from July until the end of a search for a permanent successor.

The resignation of Summers, a former U.S. Treasury secretary, ends the shortest term for a Harvard president since Cornelius Felton died in 1862 after two years in office.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.
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