Schwab would have to reapply for UM job

Ex-dean withdraws as Treasury nominee

November 04, 2003|By Stacey Hirsh | Stacey Hirsh,SUN STAFF

Susan C. Schwab, who stepped down in the spring as dean of the University of Maryland's School of Public Affairs to accept a high position in the Bush administration, has given up on the political job and won't be returning quickly to a leadership role at the University of Maryland.

If she wants her job as dean back, she will have to go through the application process again, a university spokesman said yesterday.

"We've reached the point now where we're in the process of looking for a new dean," said George Cathcart, the spokesman for the University of Maryland.

In July, Schwab was nominated as deputy secretary of the Treasury, the No. 2 position at the department.

She announced Friday that she was withdrawing her name from consideration for that job.

Officials of the Senate Finance Committee, which had been assessing Schwab's nomination, declined yesterday to explain her sudden withdrawal, saying it is up to the nominee to provide an explanation if she sees fit.

Schwab could not be reached for comment.

Jill Kozeny, a spokeswoman for Sen. Charles E Grassley, the Iowa Republican who chairs the Finance Committee, said, "It was a personal decision, and the chairman of the committee considered her a talented nominee, but he respected her decision to withdraw."

Cathcart said Schwab stepped down as dean after President Bush said he planned to nominate her to be a vice president of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, a job Schwab never filled.

Schwab has since been a part-time faculty member at the school, where she is tenured.

Cathcart said the university does not know what Schwab's plans are.

Schwab, who came to the University of Maryland from Motorola Inc., was assistant secretary of commerce and director general of the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service when Bush's father was president, according to the University of Maryland's Web site.

She was also a legislative director for Missouri Republican Sen. John C. Danforth, the Web site says.

Sun staff writer Julie Hirschfeld Davis contributed to this article.

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