News from the Bush School

Layne, Mumpower Appointed to Endowed Chairs

March 18, 2009

Dr. Benton Cocanougher, interim dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service, has announced the appointment of two faculty members to endowed chairs in the School.

Dr. Chris Layne will now hold the Robert M. Gates Chair in Intelligence and National Security. Layne is widely known for his expertise in international relations theory, U.S. foreign policy, and transatlantic security relations. Professor Layne has written two books: The Peace of Illusions: American Grand Strategy from 1940 to the Present (Cornell University Press, 2006), and (with Bradley A. Thayer) American Empire: A Debate (Routledge, 2006). Additionally, he has contributed extensively to the debates about international relations theory and American foreign policy in a number of scholarly and policy journals.

Dr. Jeryl Mumpower, director of the Master’s in Public Service and Administration (MPSA) program at the Bush School, has been named to the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Chair in Business and Government.  The author or editor of nine books and numerous other publications, Mumpower’s research focuses on several areas of public policy including negotiation and bargaining, environmental policy, individual and group decision making processes, the use of scientific expertise in public policy making, and risk analysis and management.

In making the announcement, Dr. Cocanougher noted that these appointments recognize significant accomplishments and contributions to the holder’s academic discipline.
“Being named to an endowed chair is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a faculty member at Texas A&M University.” said Cocanougher, “All of us at the Bush School congratulate Dr. Layne and Dr. Mumpower on these prestigious appointments.”

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