Dyson weighs offers to teach political science, work as consultant

March 06, 1991|By Tom Bowman | Tom Bowman,Washington Bureau of The Sun

WASHINGTON -- Four months after he was defeated in his re-election bid, former Democratic Representative Roy P. Dyson is considering a teaching offer at the University of Maryland and several consulting positions, according to the university president and a former member of Mr. Dyson's staff.

At the same time, Mr. Dyson, who is continuing on the speaking circuit in the 1st District, may mount a comeback in 1992, said the staffer, who asked not to be identified.

Mr. Dyson was approached in January by William Hytche, president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and asked to teach apolitical science course.

"I asked him about the possibility of him doing a seminar for us," said Mr. Hytche. "He was going to take a look at it. It sounded encouraging."

Mr. Dyson could not be reached for comment.

"I just think that [the students] would benefit from someone who's been on the firing line," said Mr. Hytche, who said the former five-term congressman would receive $1,200 per course for teaching at the Princess Anne campus in Somerset County.

Should Mr. Dyson accept the offer, he would likely begin teaching in the fall, said Mr. Hytche, adding that the teaching position would need final approval from University of Maryland Chancellor Donald T. Langenberg.

But the possible appointment could run into budget troubles. The Board of Regents for the university system says budget cuts could force staff furloughs this year and possible layoffs next fall if the legislature calls for further cost-cutting moves.

Meanwhile, the former congressman also is considering offers in the consulting field, most likely related to the defense industry, according to a former member of his staff.

Mr. Dyson, 42, served on the House Armed Services Committee while in Congress. His close ties to the defense industry contributed to his political downfall.

These included political contributions and associations with officials from the Unisys Corp., who were later convicted in the Pentagon procurement scandal.

The St. Mary's County Democrat was defeated 57 percent to 43 percent last November by Representative Wayne T. Gilchrest, R-Md.-1st, in a sometimes bare-knuckles campaign that included revelations that the hawkish Mr. Dyson was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. Mr. Gilchrest served as a Marine sergeant in that conflict, earning a Bronze Star.

The former congressman hinted to supporters during his election night concession speech that he might try for a comeback, recalling that he was victorious in 1980 against then-Representative Robert Bauman, a Republican, after losing his first race in 1976.

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