By Gary Hardie
“I am pleased to welcome Mr. Comey to Howard,” said Howard University President Wayne AI 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 was appointed as the Fall 2017 Opening Convocation keynote speaker and will also serve as the 2017-2018 Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy.
Opening Convocation is set for September 22, 2017, where Comey will welcome the incoming class of 2021. Comey’s responsibilities as the holder of the King Chair includes delivering a series of five lectures throughout the school year on a variety of topics.
“Colby and I are delighted that a highly distinguished public official such as Jim Comey will become the holder of the Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy for the coming academic year,” said Gwen King. “Since the chair was established in 2008, five prominent public leaders have come on Howard’s campus to engage students on issues related to public interest, including an examination of the intricacies of policy making. Few in public life are better suited for this role than the experienced and esteemed Jim Comey.”
Established in 2008 with a $1 million donation to Howard University, the Gwendolyn and Colbert I. King Chair was set up to “provide student access to experienced, senior public service executives who developed and advance public policy initiatives.” The role of the King Chair comes with a $100,000 compensation, which Comey plans to donate to a Howard University scholarship fund to benefit foster youth attending the university.
“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 a 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.”