• Mayor Menino explains new role at Boston University


    BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Boston Mayor Thomas Menino will be taking on a new role at one of the city's many universities next year.

    Menino told FOX 25 he will be a member of Boston University's faculty beginning on February 1. The longtime mayor was hired to help launch the university's Institute on Cities.

    The institute will serve as a place where municipal leaders from across the world can exchange ideas and address the issues of urban planning.

    Mayor Menino explained the new role on the FOX 25 Morning News Wednesday.

    "It's gonna be co-director of the Institute of Cities, talking about what cities need in America, bring or convene individuals who are experts on cities, bring mayors into Boston or mayors who have experience. It's about new policies, new ideas about how cities should be run over the next several years," the mayor explained.

    Mayor Menino said he received several offers, but BU was the opportunity that gave him the chance to put together a staff in an appropriate setting and also gave him the time to do so.

    The outgoing mayor will be co-chairing the program with Graham Wilson, who is the chairman of BU's political science department. The Boston Globe reports Menino has a five-year contract as a professor, but there is no plans for him to teach courses.

    After announcing he would not seek re-election in the spring, Mayor Menino told reporters he would like to get involved in education in the next phase of his career. The mayor will be succeeded by Mayor-elect Marty Walsh in January.

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