Former FBI director James B. Comey will deliver the keynote speech next month at Howard University’s opening convocation and lead a lecture series for the school, officials announced Wednesday.
Comey, whom President Trump fired in May, will welcome the incoming class of 2021 at the convocation on Sept. 22. He has also been named to a lecturer position known as the Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy. In that role, he will lead and conduct five lectures on topics that have not yet been announced.
“I am pleased to welcome Mr. Comey to Howard,” Wayne A.I. Frederick, the president of the university, said in a statement. “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.”
Howard is a prominent historically black university in Northwest Washington.
Comey said he was “honored” to hold the King Chair, which is named for Washington Post columnist Colbert King and his wife.
“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,” Comey said in the release. “I look forward to contributing to this remarkable institution and engaging students and faculty alike.”
Comey is expected to donate compensation for the position to a scholarship fund, Howard said.
Gwen King said in the release that she and her husband were “delighted that a highly distinguished public official such as Jim Comey” would hold the chair, which was established in 2008. “Few in public life are better suited for this role than the experienced and esteemed Jim Comey,” she said.