Comey to lead lecture series at Howard University

Former FBI Director James Comey is slated to lead a lecture series at Howard University this fall.

Comey will conduct five lectures based on topics related to public policy, the school announced Wednesday. The topics will be chosen in consultation with student leaders and the Washington, D.C. university.

The former FBI chief, whom President Trump fired in May amid the escalating probe into possible ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia, is also set to speak at Howard’s convocation Sept. 22.

“I am pleased to welcome Mr. Comey to Howard,” Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick in the 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 be leading the lecture series as the 2017-2018 Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King endowed chair in public policy. The chair’s namesake lauded the former FBI director as “a highly distinguished public official.”

“Since the chair was established in 2008, five prominent public leaders have come on Howard’s campus to engage students on issues related to the 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,” Gwen King said.

Comey has not spoken publicly since his June testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, in which he was questioned about the circumstances that led to his firing. In the dramatic hearing, the ousted FBI chief accused Trump and the White House of choosing to “defame” him after his dismissal.

“The administration chose to defame me and, more importantly, the FBI by saying that the organization was in disarray, that it was poorly run,” Comey said at the time. “Those were lies, plain and simple.”

The Howard University chairmanship comes with a compensation of $100,000, which Comey has chosen to donate to a university scholarship fund that will support students coming from a foster home environment, according to the school.