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Frank Church Chair of Public Affairs

Dr. Gregory A. Raymond
The Frank and Bethine Church Chair of Public Affairs

Gregory Raymond, a long-time political science professor at Boise State University, has been named the first occupant of the Frank and Bethine Church Chair of Public Affairs, an endowed chair housed in Boise State’s College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs.

Full funding of the chair’s endowment has been a principal mission of the Frank Church Institute at Boise State University, which was established in 1982 to honor the achievements and to carry forward the principles of the late U.S. Sen. Frank Church of Idaho.

Long associated with the Frank Church Institute at Boise State University, Raymond’s charge in his five-year tenure will be to emphasize “those ideals which the Senator holds dear – a strong belief in the rule of law, eloquence firmly based in reason, and an unwavering faith in the American political system.”

Since coming to Boise State, Raymond has served as the director of the Survey Research Center (1986-1989), chairman of the Political Science Department (1990-1996), and the director of the Honors College (1997-2007). He was named the Idaho Professor of the Year in 1994 by the Carnegie Foundation and has received Boise State’s Outstanding Researcher Award. He has published 15 books and over 100 articles, reviews, and essays on foreign policy and world politics. Raymond has lectured at universities and research institutes in 22 countries and his work has been supported by grants from the American Political Science Association, the United States Institute of Peace, the United States Department of State, and other government agencies.