With new degree, Schaefer ponders career choices

November 16, 1994|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Sun Staff Writer

He just got a degree, and now the governor is looking for a job.

"I stopped at a place called Roy Rogers this morning and told the lady, 'I'd like a job,' " Gov. William Donald Schaefer told the audience yesterday just after accepting an honorary doctorate in public service from Carroll Community College in Westminster.

He was only half joking. Later, Mr. Schaefer said the options for his post-retirement could include offering his services to fast-food giants to recruit senior citizens who have been laid off elsewhere.

He has other prospects, too.

"A couple of corporations have asked me to serve on their boards. The University of Maryland has a chair in public service," he said.

"And I'm thinking about writing a column for The Sun," he said, although he criticized the newspaper for dwelling on bad news. "It would be a positive column.

"Just one positive column that would say there are good things going on in America, in the state and in the city. I would never run out of material."

There have been suggestions that Mr. Schaefer may have to remain in Governor's Mansion if Republican candidate Ellen R. Sauerbrey contests the results of the Nov. 8 election and a court challenge goes past January.

Governor Schaefer doesn't savor the idea of hanging around as governor if Mrs. Sauerbrey persists in challenging the election.

"She should file suit if she thinks there's fraud, but none of this nit-picking," he said. "She had a good campaign. Now it's time to get off. She lost. It's over."

Mr. Schaefer also criticized the prevailing mood to cut taxes, one plank on which Mrs. Sauerbrey ran. "Everyone wants to cut taxes and stop spending, until it hits you."

Community college officials were to present another honorary doctorate to state Higher Education Secretary Shaila R. Aery, but she was ill and unable to attend.

College officials chose to bestow the honor on Mr. Schaefer and Dr. Aery because they have been very good to the fast-growing school that was a branch of Catonsville Community College until just over a year ago.

Two years ago, when college officials had a five-year plan to become independent, Dr. Aery told them to go ahead and do it in one year. They achieved independence in nine months.

The governor came through with the money. In the spring, he approved an additional $891,225 designed to bring the school's budget into line with other colleges of its size.

The adjustment permanently boosts the share of money Carroll Community College will get each year. And the state also is paying for 54 percent of the $10 million library, or "learning resource center," for which the governor and others broke ground yesterday after he received his doctorate.

"I've got 11 of these," Mr. Schaefer said of the honorary doctorates he's received in addition to the law degree he earned from the University of Maryland. "You know how I got 11?

"Because I wasn't afraid to stand up and say, 'I want to spend some money on colleges.' I've spent more on higher education than any other governor in this state."

After digging his ceremonial shovel into the ground and tossing a chunk of sod, he told the school officials to press the state for more money as CCC expands the 4-year-old campus.

The state is "doing better financially," he said.

"Personal income tax is holding its own. Business is doing better. Let me just suggest to you that you keep pressing on the state to shorten that turn-around time for the second building."

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