In perhaps the first good thing I can say about the impending Trump Presidency, the President-Elect may help us get a new School of Mines president. Team Trump interviewed Mines president and former New Mexico Congresswoman Heather Wilson today for the position for Director of National Intelligence. That position is currently held by James R. Clapper, who announced his resignation last month.
In an e-mail to Mines staff this afternoon, Wilson says she’s “not looking for another job” but is just doing her patriotic duty:
From: Wilson, Heather A.
Sent: Monday, December 12, 2016 3:42:14 PM (UTC-07:00) Mountain Time (US & Canada)
To: SDSMT-Campus Community
Subject: [Campus Community] Media Reports
Colleagues, As some of you have seen through press reports already today, late Friday afternoon I was contacted by the President-elect’s transition team. They asked me to travel to New York to talk to them this morning about possibly becoming the Director of National Intelligence. I want you to know that I am very happy at Mines. I’m not looking for another job and I did not contact the transition team; they contacted me.
That said, the security of our country is important to all of us, and when a President or President-elect asks you to consider whether your gifts could be used in the service of the nation, you have to be willing to consider it. It is certainly an honor to have been asked and I hope you will agree with me that this development reflects well on Mines, the state of South Dakota, and the quality of our entire university system. While I let the university leadership team know this morning before my meeting in New York, I wanted to communicate directly with all of you, directly, at this time.
Regards, Heather [Heather Wilson, e-mail, 2016.12.12]
Wilson is in competition for this job she’s not looking for with Carly Fiorina, one of the many women Trump personally insulted during his campaign. We’ll see whose face he likes better… although, given that Trump is skipping most of his intelligence briefings, maybe he’ll never have to look at whomever he appoints to this job.