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Coakley says she’s not a candidate for Suffolk president

Former attorney general Martha Coakley said Tuesday afternoon that she is not a candidate for president of Suffolk University.
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Former attorney general Martha Coakley said Tuesday afternoon that she is not a candidate for president of Suffolk University.

Former attorney general Martha Coakley said Tuesday afternoon that she is not a candidate for president of Suffolk University.

“I would like to clarify that I am not a candidate for the role of president of Suffolk University nor will I be and I look forward to continuing my law practice at Foley Hoag,” she said in a statement.

The statement, her first public comment on the situation, came as a surprise. The university’s trustees reportedly were in discussions with Coakley about taking the job.

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The trustees have been critical of current president Margaret McKenna, citing what some trustees called her confrontational style and unauthorized spending. McKenna has fired back at trustees, saying they are fabricating reasons to justify her termination.

Scores of students demonstrated Tuesday at the school on behalf of McKenna, chanting, “Keep McKenna” and “No Trust in the Trustees.”