After three terms, Mayor R.T. Rybak steps down this week.

His last full day as mayor is Wednesday and his successor, Betsy Hodges, will be sworn in on Thursday.

A full inauguration with the City Council members will take place at City Hall on Monday, Jan. 6. Six of the council members are returning members, but seven are completely new to city government.

Rybak's next job is as executive director of Generation Next, a year-old collaborative that seeks to close the achievement gap between white and minority students.

He has been on the board of Generation Next since its founding last year.

Rybak will also be teaching a weekly class at the University of Minnesota called "Mayor 101," under a joint appointment with the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the College of Design.

The class will deal with politics as well as urban design and administration.