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.
The Board of Visitors elected William Hitchcock to the Randolph P. Compton Professorship in the White Burkett Miller Center of Public Affairs in 2013.
Mr. Hitchcock planned and executed the 2016 Stevenson Conference titled, "What the Future Defense Secretary Needs to Know," planned the 2017 Battle Symposium to be held in November on the history of U.S. and Russian relations, and helped organize a seminar series on foreign affairs to be held in the fall of 2017. He completed the manuscript for "In the Age of Eisenhower" to be published in the fall of 2017.