LOWELL — With 77 days left in office, Mayor Thomas M. Menino spoke publicly Monday for the first time about his plans after he leaves the job he has occupied for two decades.
Menino told a forum at the University of Massachusetts Lowell that he has received offers to lecture and organize conferences at Boston, Harvard, Northeastern, and Suffolk universities.
“I’ll make a decision in the next couple of weeks,” he said. “I haven’t made a deal yet, so nobody is the front-runner. I’m a mercenary right now.”
Officials at Harvard said the Kennedy School of Government and the School of Public Health have offered the mayor fellowships because they want to tap his “considerable expertise.”
“The mayor has guest-
lectured on several occasions at both [Harvard College] and the Kennedy School, and has always received strong, positive feedback from students and faculty,” said Christine Heenan, a Harvard vice president of public affairs.
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