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(NECN/AP) - Boston Mayor Thomas Menino says he'll have a new office address next year: Boston University.
Menino, who's retiring after two decades in office, confirmed the news to reporters at a public appearance Tuesday after it began leaking out.
The university made the official announcement with Menino on Wednesday morning.
Of BU, Menino said, “Boston University is one of the great, great, world’s great institutions. It has a rich history of contributing new knowledge that makes a difference in our world. I look forward to playing my role in this great tradition.”
Menino will be joining BU's Political Science/Urban Planning department in February for a new program on cities. He’ll co-direct the initiative with Professor Graham Wilson.
“I never planned to be mayor…but when I became mayor, I never planned of being anything else but mayor. I love this city and cities all across America…cities make things work.”
Menino said he's "really excited" about the chance to work with students on the urban issues that have consumed his interest for decades.
“If there’s one thing I hope they pick up most, it’s this Boston lesson: in order to reach up, you have to reach out.”
Menino said he’s excited about this new chapter in his life, but, until that page turns, his focus will be where it has always been, “carrying out my duties as mayor, ensuring the people of Boston continue to get the service they deserve and making sure there is a smooth transition.”
In January, Menino will be succeeded as mayor by state Rep. Martin Walsh of Boston, who won election last week.
Menino didn't seek another term.
(Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.)