He had to wait a few months and endure a bit of public embarrassment, but William Donald Schaefer -- the former and once powerful two-term governor of Maryland -- finally has landed a nonpaying job as a trustee at a small southern Maryland college.
During the summer, Mr. Schaefer was snubbed by his successor, Parris N. Glendening, who refused to appoint him to the Board of Trustees of St. Mary's College. At the time, Mr. Schaefer was rumored to be a possible candidate for his old job as mayor of Baltimore, and Mr. Glendening said he did not want to "politicize" the college board.
"What the governor had said was that as long as a person was considering whether or not he would run for office -- that if they are a potential candidate -- then they cannot be selected," Mr. Glendening's spokeswoman, Dianna D. Rosborough, said yesterday.
Mr. Schaefer, of course, never entered the mayor's race.
"Since the mayoral primary is over, that no longer was an issue," Ms. Rosborough said. She said Mr. Schaefer's appointment to the board of the 1,500-student liberal arts college was made this week.
Mr. Schaefer could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Ms. Rosborough said Mr. Glendening made the appointment, in part, because "it was a request made from the school."
The president of St. Mary's, Edward T. Lewis, praised Mr. Schaefer yesterday as one of the school's strongest supporters over the years. "I'm very pleased this man, who so cares about this college, will now be a member of the Board of Trustees," Dr. Lewis said.
Other notables on the 23-member board include its chairman, former Johns Hopkins University president Steven Muller, U.S. Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, a Maryland Democrat, former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee, and retired Army Gen. Andrew Goodpaster.