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President Of Brandeis University To Step Down

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Brandeis University President Jehuda Reinharz appears in his office on the school campus in Waltham in May 2006. (Steven Senne/AP)
Brandeis University President Jehuda Reinharz appears in his office on the school campus in Waltham in May 2006. (Steven Senne/AP)

The president of Brandeis University, who came under intense criticism for recommending that the school close its art museum and sell parts of its $350 million collection, says he is stepping down.

LISTEN BACK: Reinharz talks to WBUR's Robin Young in January about closing the museum

Jehuda Reinharz told the school's trustees this week he will remain on the job until a new president has been selected, or until June 2011.

Reinharz told The Justice student newspaper, which first reported the resignation, that his decision had nothing to do with the uproar caused by his recommendation in January to close the Rose Art Museum. He says he's stepping down because he has met his goals.

Since Reinharz took over in 1994, the university has gone on a building spree, established new academic programs, and tripled its endowment.

This program aired on September 25, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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