AAA  Aug. 27, 2014 6:39 PM ET
Suffolk University names new interim president
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(AP) — Suffolk University has named veteran educator Norman Smith as its new interim president, replacing James McCarthy.

The board of trustees announced the change Wednesday, saying McCarthy is leaving to pursue consulting and business opportunities.

Smith is president emeritus of Wagner College and a former president of Dowling College in New York.

Board Chairman Andrew Myers said in the announcement, "we believe that Dr. Smith is the right choice at the right time" and is "uniquely suited" to continue a plan "to build on Suffolk's long and rich history of academic excellence."

Myers told The Boston Globe that McCarthy's departure is amicable. The Globe reported McCarthy, who had a year left on his contract, will receive a modest severance package.

The private university has been working to stabilize its finances and attract more students.

Associated Press
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