December 26th, 2010 | Uncategorized

NEC director announcement to be made after Dec. 31

University President Richard Levin has been reported to be on President Barack Obama’s short list of three candidates for the position of director for the National Economic Council, but in writing a list of the “final contenders” for the job, a Thursday New York Times article did not include Levin’s name — instead listing only former NEC director Gene Sperling and investment banker Roger Altman.

Obama is expected to name the new director of the National Economic Council in January, said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs on Sunday, Bloomberg reported.

Levin declined to comment on whether he remains under consideration for an appointment to direct the NEC.

Still, the Thursday New York Times article did not mention the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board (PERAB), which Levin has also been under consideration to lead. Although Levin would be required to step down from his presidency at Yale if appointed to direct the NEC, he would be able to lead PERAB as a part-time position while remaining at Yale.