Ambassador Edward P Djerejian to Head Baker Institute

first_imgShare Contact: Michael Cinelli Phone: (713) 527-4807Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian to Head Baker Institute Rice president Malcolm Gillis announced the appointment today of Edward P. Djerejian as director of the James A.Baker, III Institute for Public Policy. Djerejian, currently U.S. Ambassador to Israel, will assume his new duties in August, at the start of the university’s 1994-95 academic year. He will hold the Janice and Robert McNair Chair inPublic Policy in the institute. Djerejian is one of the nation’s foremost diplomats, with more than 30 years experience in foreign policy. He is an acknowledgedexpert in Middle Eastern affairs. In announcing the appointment, Gillis said he was pleased with the work of the search committee, which considered dozens ofcandidates from across the nation and around the world.”We are,” Gillis said, “extremely fortunate to have such an experienced diplomat and distinguished public servant join the Rice community.” Gillis emphasized that Djerejian’s appointment is a major stepin “the international-ization of Rice.” Djerejian said he was “honored to be chosen for the directorship of what I expect will be one of our country’s finest centers for thestudy of public policy.”I look forward to working with this outstanding faculty to ensure that the institute is something of which we can all be proud,” he added. The Baker Institute is a nonpartisan, multidisciplinary public policy institute dedicated to building bridges between the worlds of action and ideas. Based at Rice University in Houston, its research agenda covers domestic and international affairs. The institute’s professional staff will include scholars in economics, political science, sociology and other fields as well as practitioners of public policy. It is endowed in the name of James A. Baker, III,61st secretary of state. Baker, who has taken an active role in the institute’s development, described Djerejian as “quite simply one of the finestdiplomats I know.””Ed is capable of anything he sets his mind to and that includes making the Baker Institute a world-class center for the study of public policy,” he added. Gillis also announced that during the past year Rice has raised $26 million in private funds for the institute, more than three-fourths of the fund-raising goal of $30 million. About half that total will go toward construction of a new state of the art building, the remainder for professional chairs and other programmatic purposes. These funds will augment the $60 million in resources and personnel that are already committed to the Baker Institute by Rice and programs related to the institute. Rice is an independent, coeducational, nonsectarian private university dedicated to undergraduate teaching and graduate studies, research and professional training in selected disciplines. It has an undergraduate student population of 2,674, a graduate and professional student population of 1,449 and a full-time faculty of 437. ### AddThislast_img

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