as Opening Convocation Keynote Speaker and Endowed Chair in Public Policy
Washington, D.C. (September 21, 2017) — Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings issued the following statement supporting Howard University’s selection of Former FBI Director James Comey as their Opening Convocation Keynote Speaker this year and the 2017-2018 Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy:
“As a Howard University Alumnus and having served as the Endowed Chair in Public Policy at my alma mater, I believe that a college campus serves its students best when it allows for the exchange of diverse ideas and opinions. While I served as the King Endowed Chair, I invited my colleagues from both sides of the aisle, including outspoken Senators Rand Paul and Cory Booker, for a dynamic debate about criminal justice reform. Students had the rare opportunity to engage with leaders directly involved with shaping a critical public policy issue. There is no comparison to the real world learning experience the students will gain from Mr. Comey’s challenging and historic experiences as FBI Director and his many years in public service.”
The Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy was established by government and business leader Gwendolyn S. King and her husband, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Colbert I. King. The chair was established to provide students with access to leaders in public service who have developed and advanced public policy initiatives. Congressman Cummings served as the King Endowed Chair during the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years.