Howard Names Former FBI Director James Comey as Endowed Public Policy Chair, Will Keynote Opening Convocation

Howard University today announced that former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey, a central figure in the federal investigation into potential collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russian political operatives, will join the university as an endowed faculty member in its department of political science and keynote speaker for Howard’s opening convocation on Sept. 23.

Comey, a career litigator and multiple prominent stops in the federal government as a US attorney and acting US Attorney General, will serve as Howard’s 2017-2018 Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy. He will donate his $100,000 salary to students enrolling in the university from foster homes.

“I am pleased to welcome Mr. Comey to Howard,” said Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick. “His expertise and understanding of the challenges we continue to face today will go a long way in sparking rich discussion and advancing meaningful debates across campus.”

Comey praised Howard as a training ground for professionals seeking to impact important areas of policy and law.

“I am honored to hold the King Chair this school year. Howard has a longstanding history of being a vibrant academic community and the perfect place to have rich dialogue on many of the most pressing issues we face today,” said Comey. “I look forward to contributing to this remarkable institution and engaging students and faculty alike.”

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