Columbia president suggests Obama will be returning to university

Columbia president suggests Obama will be returning to university
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The president of Columbia University on Monday suggested President Obama will return to the school after he leaves office, according to reports.


University President Lee Bollinger said at an event for new students that he looked forward to hosting the president in 2017, the Columbia Spectator reported. He did not provide further details on what type of role Obama, a 1983 graduate, would have at the university.

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.