Greenville men getting new jobs in Washington

Washington – One Greenville man will move to the White House and another will replace him as chief of staff to Education Secretary Dick Riley, officials said Wednesday.

William Webster IV, a Greenville businessman with strong personal and political ties to President Clinton, will become the White House’s director of scheduling and advance.

A White House announcement is expected soon, but Webster said Wednesday he will leave his current position as Riley’s chief of staff “in about two weeks.”

The White House Press Office would neither confirm nor deny the report.

Webster will be replaced by former Greenville attorney Frank Holleman III, a deputy assistant U.S. attorney general in the Justice Department’s civil division. Holleman is a former state Democratic party chairman.

Holleman will begin working at the Education Department on Monday but won’t assume his new role until Webster’s departure, Webster said.

Webster, who said he was looking forward to the White House job but noted that in his background of developing a fast-food chain, “scheduling and advance hasn’t happened anywhere along the line.”

But Webster has developed a reputation as a planner and organizer.

Webster, who met Clinton several years ago at Renaissance Weekends, created by Hilton Head’s Phil Lader, was an early supporter of Clinton’s presidential bid and, in addition to serving as his state finance director, campaigned for the then-Arkansas governor in several primary states in 1992.

“It’s very exciting and obviously a challenge,” he said. “I still have a strong attachment to this president and want to help him.”

Webster will join two other South Carolinians on the White House staff, Lader, now deputy chief of staff, and Aiken. native Marcia L. Hale, who runs the intergovernmental relations office.