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Caroline Kennedy Resigns From Harvard Kennedy School Board

Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy speaks about her father as she kicks off the John F. Kennedy Centennial Symposium at the Harvard Kennedy School April 20, 2017, in Cambridge, Mass. (Stephan Savoia/AP)
Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy speaks about her father as she kicks off the John F. Kennedy Centennial Symposium at the Harvard Kennedy School April 20, 2017, in Cambridge, Mass. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy, has stepped down as honorary chair of an advisory board at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School, a Harvard University graduate school named in honor of her father, the school confirmed.

The Harvard Kennedy School thanked her and another former member of the Institute of Politics advisory committee for their service.

"I am extremely grateful for the extraordinary dedication and commitment she has shown to Harvard Kennedy School over many years," Kennedy School Dean Douglas Elmendorf said in a statement. "Caroline's role at the Institute of Politics will always be prized and remembered."

Kenneth Duberstein, a lobbyist and former chief of staff to President Ronald Reagan, also resigned as chairman of the panel.

The Kennedy School did not address the reasons for the resignations, first reported by The Washington Post.

"After careful consideration and heartfelt conversations with Caroline, I have decided to step down immediately as Chairman of the SAC of our beloved Institute of Politics," Duberstein said in a statement.

The Post could not reach Caroline Kennedy, the former U.S. ambassador to Japan, for comment.

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