WELLESLEY – Former lieutenant governor and Republican gubernatorial nominee Kerry Healey plans to step down as president of Babson College next year after leading the private business-focused school for six years.
Babson announced Monday that Healey will leave the president's post in June 2019, at the turn of the college's first century.
"It has been a privilege to work daily with inspiring, young entrepreneurs and the dedicated faculty and staff at Babson," Healey said in a statement. She added, "In the coming year, I look forward to continuing the important work of preparing the college for its second century and ensuring a smooth transition."
Neither the college nor Healey indicated Monday what her next career move might be. From 2003 until 2007, Healey served as lieutenant governor under Gov. Mitt Romney. At the time she lived in Beverly. She was the Republican Party's gubernatorial nominee in 2006, but lost the election to Democrat Deval Patrick.
When she took the job at Babson in 2013, Healey said she was committing to "stay with Babson and to step away from politics at least through 2019 because that is their centennial celebration."
"And I'm stepping away from partisan politics secure in the knowledge that RNC leader Reince Priebus is making serious and successful efforts to address the vulnerabilities that the last election cycle exposed," she told WBUR, referring to the then-RNC chairman who would go on to become President Donald Trump's first chief of staff.
Babson said its Board of Trustees will begin planning for the presidential transition and will kick off a search for its next president this summer.