WASHINGTON — David Gergen, the Republican who joined the Clinton Administration to help lift it out of the chaos of its first spring, has told White House officials he is discussing taking a teaching job at Duke University.
Sources said last week that Gergen was approached by Duke, where his father taught and with which he has long had ties, about teaching there in the fall.
Gergen said Saturday he has had such discussions but has not decided when he will leave the Administration. He said he told Duke he would not be available until the second semester of the next academic year.
Recruited last year after a series of public relations disasters dogged the White House, Gergen helped reorganize the communication efforts and brought a moderate, bipartisan policy argument to the Clinton White House table.