Petraeus to Join CUNY as Visiting Professor

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David H. Petraeus, who resigned as director of the Central Intelligence Agency last November after having an extramarital affair with his biographer, will serve as a visiting professor at the City University of New York next academic year, the university announced on Tuesday.

Mr. Petraeus, who will be the next visiting professor of public policy at the university's Macaulay Honors College, had been approached by many universities, but settled on CUNY because he admires its diversity of students, locations and offerings, his lawyer, Robert Barnett, said in an interview.

In a statement, Mr. Petraeus said he looked forward to leading a seminar "that examines the developments that could position the United States -- and our North American partners -- to lead the world out of the current global economic slowdown."

The idea, Ann Kirschner, dean of Macaulay, said in an interview, "is an interdisciplinary seminar in keeping with his research interest in energy, advanced manufacturing, life sciences and information technology."

In addition, she said, he will give talks and meet with students about their research projects. "We're still figuring out how much time he'll be available to us and how to get him as involved as possible in the life of the college," she said. His compensation for the one-year position, which begins in August, is "still in discussion," she said.

Matthew Goldstein, chancellor of the CUNY system, said in a statement that "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."

Mr. Petraeus, a highly decorated four-star general who commanded the coalition forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, is far better known for his accomplishments on foreign battlefields than for his time in classrooms, but he graduated in the top 5 percent of his class at the United States Military Academy, then went on to be the top graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College.

He earned a master's degree and a doctorate from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, taught at the United States Military Academy and held a fellowship at Georgetown University. While he was still C.I.A. director, his supporters speculated that he might even be named the next president of Princeton.

Many of his accomplishments were detailed in "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus," the best-selling biography by Paula Broadwell. His personal relationship with her came to light last November, and he resigned shortly afterward.

Correction: April 24, 2013, Wednesday

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: An earlier version of this article omitted an academic credential of Mr. Petraeus. In addition to holding a master's from Princeton, he also holds a doctorate.

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This article originally appeared in The New York Times.


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