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CMU News Release
June 03, 2013
Central Michigan University’s political science department has selected Gary Randall, clerk of the House of Representatives, as the Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government. He is the fifth individual to hold the position and begins his four-year appointment in the fall 2013 semester.
As chair, Randall will teach two political science seminars and organize two forums each year addressing public policy and political issues throughout Michigan. He will receive a salary of $64,000, provided by the endowment.
"I'm honored to have been appointed to the position of Griffin Endowed Chair and look forward to working with the distinguished faculty in the political science department at CMU,” said Randall. “I view serving as the Griffin Chair as a unique way to share my passion for the political process and provide students with a view of the real world of politics by bringing them face-to-face with today's political leaders.”
Randall is the 33rd clerk of the House of Representatives and previously served in this position from 1999 to 2006. Randall also served as a state representative from 1979 to 1997. Prior he worked in the broadcasting industry as director of public affairs for CMU Public Television and several radio stations. Randall earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts degree from CMU.
“Gary Randall is an ideal candidate for this position,” said Dean Pamela Gates. “The unique perspectives and experiences he will offer to students as the Griffin Endowed Chair will add significantly to their educational experiences in the political science department.”
The Griffin Endowment was created in 1999 through private donations as a tribute to two distinguished alumni, former U.S. Congressman, U.S. Senator and Michigan Supreme Court Justice Robert Griffin and his wife Marjorie. The Griffin program aims to further interest and participation in political issues among young adults, faculty and the public. The endowment funds the salary and associated costs of a U.S. or Michigan government expert who serves as a faculty member in CMU's political science department. The Griffin Endowed Chair leads the university's efforts to elevate political awareness and activity among students, faculty and citizens.