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Harvard president expected to resign this week, newspaper reports

Harvard University Professor Lawrence H. Summers is expected to resign this week, the Wall Street Journal is reporting on its website this morning.

The former US Treasury secretary, who has clashed with professors over his management style during a turbulent five years at Harvard, is expected to announce his resignation in advance of a faculty vote a week from today on a motion of no confidence in his leadership, the newspaper said, citing two people familiar with the matter.

It's unclear what plan Harvard may have for naming a successor or when Summers's resignation will take effect.

Although Summers has clashed with faculty, the Boston Globe reported this morning that students appear willing to cut him a break.

While faculty portray Summers as a brusque and beleaguered leader who is unable to rally the support of his troops, students yesterday said they more often see him as a smiling face who appears at study groups or ice cream socials to chat, debate, or sign dollar bills, as he did when he was treasury secretary under President Bill Clinton, the Globe reported.

If Summers resigns this week, it would end the shortest stint of any Harvard president since 1862, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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