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Jenny Sanford is the ex-wife of U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C. / Mary Ann Chastain, Getty Images

Jenny Sanford took a pass on running for Congress, but the former first lady of South Carolina says she's interested in a high-profile academic post.

Sanford says she's interested in becoming president of the College of Charleston, a job that will become open when George Benson steps down in June 2014. The news was first reported last week by the Charleston City Paper.

"I am, right now, just waiting to see what the formal process is," Sanford is quoted as saying. "I understand I would be a long shot, but it certainly is something I would consider looking at."

Sanford was an investment banker who later managed ex-husband Mark's early campaigns for Congress in the 1990s and then his congressional office. The couple had an acrimonious divorce following his 2009 admission of an extramarital affair.

Mark Sanford is now back on Capitol Hill, after being elected to his old congressional seat in a special election in May. At one time, Jenny Sanford was considering running for that seat and was on Gov. Nikki Haley's short list for an appointment to the U.S. Senate.

Earlier this year, Jenny Sanford donated scrapbooks, e-mails and other materials she kept from Mark Sanford's campaigns for Congress and governor to the College of Charleston.

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