Professor Schaefer

May 08, 1994

Pay attention, class. Your new teacher is about to enter the room. He's none other than William Donald Schaefer, fresh from nearly a quarter-century of running the city of Baltimore and the state of Maryland. This is clearly one professor who's not an ivory-tower academic: he's got hands-on experience from the University of Hard Knocks.

Could that be Governor Schaefer's new job when he leaves office in January? It is now a distinct possibility. Early next year, Mr. Schaefer will serve as a "distinguished lecturer" at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy. Those weeks in Bologna could mark the start of a fascinating second career for the energetic, 72-year-old governor. The possibilities are tantalizing.

Now that the governor has agreed to lecture for the Hopkins, the bTC university could extend his distinguished professorship to some of its other locations -- the school's prestigious center for international studies in Washington, its Homewood campus and its Broadway medical campus.

Not to be outdone, the University of Maryland could try to outbid Hopkins for Mr. Schaefer's services. After all, UM's University College offers degree programs in 22 countries, giving Mr. Schaefer a wide variety of destinations for his lectures on urban affairs, government management and American political science.

Or he could opt to join UM's College Park faculty as a lecturer in public administration. There could be an opening in that department late this year if Prof. Parris Glendening is elected to succeed Mr. Schaefer as governor. The two men could trade places.

Or the governor might join the staff of the University of Baltimore as a senior research fellow at the William Donald Schaefer Center for Public Policy, which, among other things, conducts management training and professional development workshops. It could be a nice fit.

Or why not become a resident lecturer at the two public law schools in Baltimore? No one knows better than Mr. Schaefer the realities of crafting legislation and implementing these laws. He already holds a law degree from UB, so he may want a chance to conduct the lectures himself.

Prof. William Donald Schaefer. It's got a pleasant ring to it. He could be the most sought-after academic in town.

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