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Ex-Michigan Governor Won't Be Harvard Fellow After Backlash

Last week's announcement that Rick Snyder would be a senior fellow drew criticism from people citing his administration's involvement in the lead contamination of Flint's drinking water

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    Ex-Michigan Governor Won't Be Harvard Fellow After Backlash
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    Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, speaks during the opening of the Martinrea International Inc. technical center in Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S., on Thursday, May 17, 2018.

    Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he won't continue with a fellowship at Harvard University following backlash over his role in Flint's water crisis.

    He tweeted Wednesday that being a senior research fellow would have been too "disruptive" because of "our current political environment and its lack of civility."

    Harvard began his appointment this week. Last week's announcement drew criticism from people citing his administration's involvement in the lead contamination of Flint's drinking water while the city was under state management.

    Snyder, who's credited with aiding Detroit's turnaround, says it would have been exciting to share his experiences, "both positive and negative."

    Douglas Elmendorf, dean of Harvard's Kennedy School, says students would have learned from questioning Snyder over Flint and other issues, but "we and he now believe that having him on campus would not enhance education here in the ways we intended."

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