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David Petraeus to teach at CUNY school in New York

April 24, 2013|By Michael Muskal
  • Former CIA director David Petraeus, here addressing a USC-sponsored event in March honoring the military, has accepted a teaching job at City University of New York.
Former CIA director David Petraeus, here addressing a USC-sponsored event… (Frederic J. Brown / AFP/Getty…)

David Petraeus, the former four-star general who was forced out as head of the Central Intelligence Agency because he had an affair with his biographer, has accepted a post as a visiting professor in New York.

In a statement released Tuesday, Macaulay Honors College at City University of New York said the former commander of coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan has been named a visiting professor for public policy. He will start Aug. 1.

Petraeus, who earned his bachelor of science degree at West Point and has a doctorate from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, has written extensively on international relations, military strategy and national security.

“CUNY is profoundly honored to welcome Dr. Petraeus to our academic community,’’ Matthew Goldstein, chancellor of The City University of New York, said in a statement. “With his appointment, our students will have a unique opportunity to learn about public policy firsthand from a distinguished leader with extraordinary experience and expertise in international security issues, intelligence matters and nation-building.”

In a statement released by the school, Petraeus said he is looking forward to teaching at a school known for its large number of immigrants.

“Sixty percent of Macaulay students are the children of immigrants or immigrants themselves, and as the son of an immigrant who settled north of New York City, I identify with them and applaud their achievements in earning a place in CUNY’s honors college,” Patraeus said.

After a decorated military career, Petraeus took over the CIA in September 2011. He resigned last November, apologizing for an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.

The affair was uncovered by the FBI, which was investigating a case of harassing emails sent to a Florida friend of the Petraeus family and of other officers based in the Tampa, Fla., area.


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