Monday, September 6, 2010

Warren schedule change stirs talk on consumer job

Thu Sep 2, 2010 5:25pm EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A last-minute change in the fall course schedule of Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren has fueled speculation the White House might soon nominate her to head the newly created U.S. consumer financial agency.

Harvard students enrolled in Warren's contracts class were informed that a different professor will be teaching the class instead, according to a report in The Washington Post, which obtained a copy of an email to the students.

"Professor Warren regrets that she will not be able to teach you this fall and we regret the last-minute change," the Post quoted the email as saying.

Warren, an outspoken consumer advocate, is a leading candidate to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs has said an announcement this week on the consumer job was unlikely.

When asked about the Post report, White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage replied, "There are a number of strong choices under consideration for this position, including Elizabeth Warren, but reporting that a decision has been made or that an announcement is imminent is premature."

A Harvard Law School spokesman confirmed that Warren "will not be teaching a section of the first-year Contracts class this semester as originally scheduled" but said she is still scheduled to teach another course.

(Writing by Caren Bohan; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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