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Brown president stepping down

September 15, 2011

Ruth Simmons, the fabulously popular president of Brown University will step down at the end of the current school year.

In a letter to the campus community, Simmons says she had hoped to retire last year, but the University’s governing board convinced her to stay on for an 11th year. Simmons says she has now decided to step aside.

“I recently decided that this is the ideal time both for Brown and for me personally to begin the process of transitioning to new leadership,” Simmons writes, adding that her years at Brown have been “extremely satisfying.”

Simmons plans to stay on the Brown faculty as professor of comparative literature and Africana studies.

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