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Former president of Barnard College Debora Spar, who left the college last year to become the president of Lincoln Center, resigned from the performing arts organization on Friday.

Debora Spar, former president of Barnard College, has stepped down as President and CEO of Lincoln Center after just over a year in the position.

Spar—who resigned from Barnard in March 2017 to take on the role at Lincoln Center—announced her decision in a letter to her colleagues sent on Friday, according to the New York Times. She was the first woman to lead the Center.

In her letter she declined to give specific reasons for her resignation, although she wrote that the leap from academia to performing arts administration was a challenge. Prior to serving as the president of Barnard, Spar was the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development at Harvard Business School.

“Moving from academia to the performing arts world pushed me to think, learn and lead in new ways,” she wrote. “While we have achieved a lot together over the past year, I have also questioned whether the role is right for me.”

Russell Granet has been named the interim president of Lincoln Center.

ainsley.bandrowski@columbiaspectator.com | @ColumbiaSpec

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