The president of Columbia University on Monday suggested President Obama will return to the school after he leaves office, according to reports.
Obama is coming back to town! Prezbo announced he is looking forward to hosting the alum in 2017.— Spectrum (@CUspectrum) August 31, 2015
PrezBo stated the Obama's would be returning to Columbia in an official capacity next year. No further details. #nsop2015— Bwog (@bwog) August 31, 2015
Columbia president Lee Bollinger reprtdly: Obama will return post-presidency. Could have to do with prez "center" after U of C got library?— Conor Skelding (@conorskelding) August 31, 2015
The White House said that Obama has not made a final decision to return to his alma mater.
"The president has long talked about his respect for Columbia University and his desire to continue working with them," said spokesperson Jennifer Friedman.
"However, at this point no decisions have been finalized about his post-presidency plans."
Columbia University said Bollinger's announcement was simply reiterating the foundation's plans to set up operations at the school.
The university said his comments "reflected no further developments concerning President Obama’s plans."
Obama in May picked the University of Chicago over Columbia as the site of his presidential library. The president taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School before being elected to the Senate in 2004.
The president’s foundation intends to establish a presence at the New York City university, as well.
—This story was last updated at 7:43 p.m.