Howard University on Wednesday announced that former FBI Director James Comey will be the keynote speaker of its opening convocation this year.
Comey will then lead his own lecture series at the school, which is a private, historically black university in Washington, D.C.
“I am pleased to welcome Mr. Comey to Howard,” said Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick 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.”
Comey will formally welcome Howard’s Class of 2021 to the campus during its Sept. 22 opening convocation.
The former FBI director has also become the 2017-2018 Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy.
“Mr. Comey will kick off the school year with an address to the University and engage the Howard community through a lecture series designed to foster fruitful discussion and spur meaningful interaction,” the university said in a statement.
“As the holder of the King Chair, Mr. Comey will lead and conduct five lectures featuring speakers that will touch on several topics,” the school added.
“Mr. Comey will be donating his entire King Chair compensation of $100,000 to a Howard University scholarship fund. The fund will support students coming from a foster home environment.”
President Trump in May fired Comey, with the White House initially citing recommendations from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
The president said during a NBC interview later that month, however, that the FBI’s probe of possible Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race factored into his decision.
“And in fact when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said ‘you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won,’” Trump told NBC’s Lester Holt.
Comey’s firing caused controversy as it came as the FBI’s probe of Russian intrusions in the 2016 race reportedly includes possible collusion between Russia and Trump’s campaign.