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An endowment provided by L.E. and Virginia Simmons (far right, second from right) made possible the appointment of Dr. John Mendelsohn (third from right) as an institute senior fellow. They are pictured here with (from left) Rice University president David Leebron, Baker Institute founding director Edward P. Djerejian and Baker Institute honorary chair James A. Baker, III, at a press conference announcing that Mendelsohn was joining the institute.

Endowments provide long-term support for the Baker Institute's mission of bringing together researchers, scholars and leaders in the public and private sectors to develop creative approaches to international, national and local policy issues. Building an endowment is critical in establishing a strong financial foundation that supports the institute's public policy research programs.

The Baker Institute relies on endowments to help recruit, retain and recognize top policy fellows. Endowed positions provide long-term annual support that allows fellows to concentrate on and advance their policy research.

If you are interested in supporting the Baker Institute and would like to learn more about endowment opportunities, please contact Leah Gross, director of development, at 713-348-2977 or