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January 27, 2016

Michael Nutter signs on as professor at Columbia University

The former Philadelphia mayor will serve as an urban policy professor

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Nutter Papal Press Conference Hayden Mitman/PhillyVoice

Mayor Michael Nutter addresses the press following Pope Francis' visit to the city for the World Meeting of Families.

Former Mayor Michael Nutter is moving to the classroom after serving eight years in City Hall.

Nutter will serve as an urban policy professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs during the spring semester. His daughter, Olivia, is a student at Columbia.

Nutter, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, drew praise for raising Philadelphia's global stature by overseeing the papal visit and landing the 2016 Democratic National Convention. He also guided the city through a recession and improved governmental transparency. But the city's education system remains a mess.

“As mayor of one of our nation’s largest cities, he has earned a national reputation as a leader in urban public policy – addressing key challenges in economic development, public safety, environmental innovation and many others," SIPA Dean Merit E. Janow said in a statement. "I know we will all benefit from his insights and experience.”

During his mayoral tenure, Nutter was named one of Governing magazine's Public Officials of the Year (2014) and one of Esquire magazine's Americans of the Year (2011). He served as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors from 2012 to 2013.

Earlier this month, Nutter was named to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's advisory council, a 40-member voluntary board that advises Secretary Jeh Johnson on various homeland security matters.

Nutter said in a statement that he is "deeply honored" to have been asked by Columbia University to serve as a professor.

“The opportunity to work with such distinguished faculty and incredible students at this internationally recognized university is an enormous responsibility, and creates an important platform to continue my focus on the leading urban challenges in the United States and around the world," Nutter said. "I look forward to actively engaging with the Columbia University community.”