Alexander deflects speculation about Vanderbilt job

NASHVILLE (AP) -- US Senator Lamar Alexander deflected speculation Thursday that he may be in the running to become the next chancellor of Vanderbilt University.

Vanderbilt's current chancellor, Gordon Gee, announced Wednesday that he plans to leave the Nashville school to become president of Ohio State University.

Alexander received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt, is former president of the University of Tennessee and one-time US Secretary of Education.

Alexander, also a former governor, said in a statement that he enjoys being a senator and hopes to be re-elected next year.

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