Former state attorney general and unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate Henry McMaster is working for USC, helping raise funds and build alumni relations.
USC said Monday that McMaster has taken a $7,500-a-month senior adviser’s position, which he started last week. His first priority is helping the university raise roughly $25 million for a new law school, said Michelle Dodenhoff, USC’s vice president for development and alumni relations.
“Achieving our ambitious goals is a major challenge,” Dodenhoff said. “To reach our milestones, we need leaders who can help us raise funds and re-engage key alumni groups. Henry McMaster is an established and recognized leader who brings a wealth of experience and contacts with USC alumni, donors and friends. His assistance will be invaluable.”
McMaster said Monday he is looking forward to the new challenge.
“USC is a great institution and has a great future, and I look forward to having some small part in helping it,” said McMaster, who received both his undergraduate degree and law degree from USC.
McMaster’s contract for the job expires in four months but can be renewed, USC said.
McMaster, 63, said the USC job is not full-time, adding he soon will begin practicing law again but has yet to choose a firm.
“I’m talking to several. There are plenty of good ones,” he said.
McMaster, a Columbia native and fixture in GOP circles, was the state’s top attorney from 2003 until last month. After finishing third in the June 2010 primary race for the Republican nomination for governor, he endorsed eventual winner Nikki Haley.