Former White House chief of staff and New Hampshire Gov. John H. Sununu will join the faculty of the Kennedy School of Government this fall. Sununu will serve as Roy M. and Barbara Goodman Family Visiting Professor of Practice in Public Service, announced Kennedy School Dean Joseph S. Nye Jr.
“Governor Sununu has a tremendous record of public service. He brings to the Kennedy School more than 20 years’ experience in government – at the local, state, and federal levels. He will have the opportunity to share his knowledge both with students in the classroom and with fellow faculty in their research work.”
Sununu said, “I look forward to this opportunity to get back into the classroom and have a chance to work with the fine quality of students at the Kennedy School. With the presidential primary season in full swing, this fall will be a great time to address the art of politics and governing.”
Sununu served three terms as the governor of New Hampshire, from 1983 to 1989. During his tenure he also served as chairman of the Coalition of Northeastern Governors and the Republican Governors Association. In 1987, he was elected chairman of the National Governors Association. In 1989, Sununu was appointed chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush and served in the White House until March 1992. From 1992 to 1998 Sununu co-hosted CNN’s “Crossfire” program, a news/public affairs discussion program. He is a former partner in Trinity International Partners, a private financial firm, and currently serves as president of JHS Associates Ltd.
Prior to running for office in New Hampshire, Sununu worked for nearly 20 years as an educator, engineer, businessman, and community leader. From 1963 to 1983, he served as president of JHS Engineering Co. and Thermal Research Inc. In addition, he helped establish and served as chief engineer for Astro Dynamics Inc. from 1960 to 1965.
Sununu attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, earning his Ph.D. from M.I.T in electrical engineering in 1966. From 1968 to 1973 he was associate dean of the college of engineering at Tufts University and associate professor of mechanical engineering. He served on the advisory board of the Technology and Policy Program at M.I.T. from 1984 to 1989. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.