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Babson College president retiring

Babson College, a private business school located in Wellesley, said that its president, Len Schlesinger, will step down at the end of this academic year and that a search committee has been formed to look for his successor.

In a statement, the 60-year-old Schlesinger said: “It is now time to reorient much of my attention to those in my family who both deserve and require it. An orderly transition for the president’s role over the coming months will make that possible.” 

Schlesinger has held the president’s post since mid-2008. He is a former Harvard Business School professor who has worked in both academia and business. Schlesinger came to Babson from the Ohio-based retailer Limited Brands Inc., where he was vice chairman and chief operating officer. Earlier, he was executive vice president and chief operating officer at Au Bon Pain, a restaurant chain based in Boston.


In a statement, Joseph L. Winn, chair of the college’s board of trustees, thanked Schlesinger for his work.

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