Poor William Donald Schaefer: The former governor of Maryland can't even get himself appointed to a college governing board these days.
Yesterday his name was conspicuously absent from a list of college trustees appointed by his successor, Gov. Parris N. Glendening.
But Mr. Schaefer shouldn't feel slighted, said Mr. Glendening, whose candidacy Mr. Schaefer never got around to endorsing last year.
Mr. Schaefer was not appointed to the St. Mary's College board of trustees because he is a possible candidate for mayor of Baltimore, Mr. Glendening explained.
"I made a policy decision that candidates for elective office and people who have indicated an interest in running for office ought not to be appointed to boards of education or boards of higher education," Mr. Glendening said. "I don't want to politicize the higher education process."
Mr. Schaefer has been toying with the idea of trying to reclaim his old job at City Hall, a possibility that became more remote this week when he did not switch parties to run as a Republican.
The St. Mary's College trustees, a high-powered group that includes Washington Post vice president Benjamin C. Bradlee and U.S. Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-3rd, nominated him for a seat on their board.
While he was governor Mr. Schaefer had taken an interest in the small, public liberal arts college, which in turn named its new science center after him.
"He has done so much for St. Mary's it would be an injustice to not allow him to serve on that board if he so chooses," said Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., a Prince George's County Democrat.
Mr. Miller said he did not believe an interest in politics should prevent one from being involved in education. He noted that Mr. Glendening was a professor at the University of Maryland College Park while serving as Prince George's County executive.
The new governor said he would be "pleased" to consider Mr. Schaefer for a spot on the board if he decides not to run for mayor.
Mr. Schaefer could not be reached for comment.
In the meantime, Mr. Glendening appointed to that board June W. Auerbach of Lexington Park, a senior attorney at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Terry M. Rubenstein of Baltimore, executive vice president of New Town Development Corp. in Owings Mills.
He also named Kim B. Leonard and John J. McMullen Jr., both of Cumberland, to the Allegany Community College Board of Trustees; Easton resident Kathleen A. Francis to the Chesapeake College Board of Trustees; William Reuter of Hagerstown to the Hagerstown Junior College Board of Trustees; and William H. Kerbin of Pocomoke City and Velda E. Henry of Berlin to the Wor-Wic Community College Board of Trustees.
The appointments are for six-year terms beginning July 1 and are subject to Senate confirmation.