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Randolph P. Compton Professorship in the White Burkett Miller Center of Public Affairs


The Randolph P. Compton Endowment Fund is used to attract and retain eminent scholars in the field of public affairs at the University through the establishment of the Randolph P. Compton Professorship in the White Burkett Miller Center of Public Affairs. The professorship was funded by the New York-based Compton Foundation, Inc. The professorship is one of three chairs at the Miller Center made possible by the Foundation. The professorship supports a scholar who researches and publishes on topics involving the international dimensions of the American presidency. The late Randolph Compton, a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard University, was a vice president at Kidder, Peabody, & Company and chairman of the Compton Foundation. A trustee of the Fund for Peace, he was a member of the World Federalists and worked with the Institute for the Study of World Politics. He died in 1987.

William Hitchcock currently holds the Randolph P. Compton Professorship in Public Affairs at the Miller Center. Mr. Hitchcock served as the Director of Academic Programs at the Miller Center. In this role, he also oversaw the Miller Center's Historical Presidency Lecture series as well as other symposia and lectures. He edited a volume (based on a Miller Center symposium) that was published by Harvard Press in spring 2016 entitled Shaper Nations: Strategies for a Changing World. He continued working on an in depth study of Dwight Eisenhower that is planning on being published by fall 2017.

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