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Aug 28, 2013 01:51 PM EDT

Hillary Clinton Spokesman Confirms Secretary of State Has Academic Offers from NYU, Harvard and Yale


Hillary Clinton is considering offers to join multiple schools including her law school alma mater Yale, as well as Harvard and New York University, Politico reported.

Citing three sources, Politico said Clinton has received offers to join faculty and even have a program made in her name. One such offer included rebranding the Baruch College public policy school.

Nick Merrill, a spokesman for Clinton, confirmed the multiple academic offers.

"A number of academic institutions have reached out with ideas. We're following up with each to discuss them," he said.

One source said the discussions are in a phase of "listening" on Clinton's part, specifically through her adviser Maggie Williams.

A Baruch College spokeswoman said the school offered her a "range of options" in becoming involved with the school. Seemingly, that offer seems to be the most significant, with the renaming and rebranding of the public policy school.

NYU spokesman John Beckman said the school had not made a formal offer or project, but that the conversations are in preliminary stages.

A Harvard Kennedy School spokesman Doug Gavel confirmed the school had offered a potential "range of roles", the Harvard Crimson reported.

"We have extended an invitation to Secretary Clinton to consider engaging with the university and would of course welcome her interest in a range of roles," he said in a statement.

Despite the talks being characterized as preliminary, some Harvard faculty members are already talking about the prospect of Clinton joining the school.

"It might be a distraction, but it's the correct kind," Kennedy School professor Barbara Kellerman told the Boston Herald. "It's not as if we would be bringing in some kind of Hollywood star or sports star."

Marty Linsky, an adjunct public policy lecturer and Kennedy School faculty member since 1982, said he would be excited to work with Clinton at the school.

"Obviously she'd be a tremendous asset, given her experience, and it would be great for our students and great for us on the faculty," Linsky said. "There've been presumptive presidential candidates here before. I don't think it would be a problem at all."

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