A Georgian is generating buzz in the national news for turning down the job of Chief of Staff for the President of the United States.
It’s one of those jobs difficult to imagine turning down — and Nick Ayers doing so at only 36. More than 3 decades younger than current chief General John Kelly.
Ayers studied at Kennesaw State and it took him 9 years to graduate, but his former professors say that’s not a bad thing.
They describe Ayers as prodigious, a natural. He stopped carrying as many classes because he was getting real world experience in big name Georgia politics — helping run Sonny Perdue’s campaign against the seemingly unbeatable Roy Barnes, then serving as a senior advisor.
That’s a big deal but Chief of Staff to the President of the United States is an even bigger one.
So why might someone with such a meteoric career turn that title down?
“The chief of staff role is a meat grinder, it’s the hardest job I’ve ever heard of. It’s 24 hours per day. Nick has 3 young children and is from Georgia so part of it is a desire to be back here in Georgia,” says Kerwin Swint, Ayers’ professor at Kennesaw State.
Others have speculated that Ayers is avoiding what some would call the Presidents mercurial orbit and might be bringing it home to Georgia to ready for an eventual congressional or gubernatorial run. Campaigns he’d be able to fund, as his net worth is estimated to be as much as $50 million dollars.
Ayers currently serves as the chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence.