Scott McClellan says he wants to work at Seattle's resident Jesuit university because he has a desire to serve and make a positive difference in the world. You know, the same way he served and made a positive difference in the world as the White House press secretary under former President George W. Bush.
While there's a light coating of intended sarcasm in that opening, the fact remains: Scott McClellan, last seen by most of us redeeming himself slightly by making the media circuit rounds and testifying before the House Judiciary Committee after the release of his book critical of the Bush Administration's approach to selling the Iraq war, has been hired at Seattle University as the school's vice president for communications. A press release posted on the school's website this afternoon says McClellan will start Sept. 17, and be "responsible for the creation, implementation and oversight of [Seattle U's] communications and marketing strategy."
"This is an exciting time to join the Seattle University community," says McClellan in the release. "Under Father Sundborg's leadership, the administration, faculty and staff have demonstrated a deep commitment to academic excellence and empowering students to be active, engaged leaders in their communities and beyond. What I discovered during the search process is that the SU story is about offering students something more. Telling that story is what this job is about and I look forward to working with the many talented individuals at SU to help tell it well."
Check it: The Seattle University online announcement of McClellan's hiring includes a three-part Q&A with W's former press secretary. It covers questions like: "Why did you choose to pursue a career at Seattle University?" and "Any concerns about relocating to Seattle and its more progressive political environment?"
Spoiler alert: McClellan says he has no concerns about Seattle's liberal politics.