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August 10, 2012 4:02 PM Graham Spanier’s New Secret

By Daniel Luzer

So what do the career prospects look like for someone who presided over a long-term sexual abuse problem at a university, knew about the abuse, declined to fix the problem, and took active steps to cover it up so as not to damage the reputation of the school’s football team?

One might think he’d never be able to get another job. Or he would never be able to get another very good job.

This is apparently not the case for Graham Spanier, the disgraced president of Pennsylvanian State University who resigned from his position last fall. According to an article by Emily Heil in the Washington Post:

His lawyer confirms to the Loop that Spanier is working on a part-time consulting basis for a “top-secret” agency on national security issues. But the gig is so hush-hush, he couldn’t even tell his attorneys the name of the agency. In April — months after his ouster as president but before the release of the internal report — he told the Patriot-News of central Pennsylvania that he was working on a “special project for the U.S. government relating [to] national security.”
But who’s he working for? The CIA? Homeland Security? Or maybe just a dull consulting firm with a government contract?

His lawyer, Peter Vaira, explained to Heil that he didn’t even know where Spanier worked. “We know the work is in security and he’s prohibited from disclosing which agency or agencies he’s working for.”

The new job is likely to remain a mystery. If there’s one thing Spanier has demonstrated so far, it’s that he’s quite good at keeping really important information to himself.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer