Professor Petraeus Debuting at CUNY

Former CIA director will lead seminar examining how U.S. can fix global economy.

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David Petraeus is emerging from months out of the public eye to teach at the City University of New York, the college announced Tuesday.

Petraeus will serve as a visiting professor of public policy at CUNY's Macaulay Honors College. His employment begins August 1, the school said.

"CUNY is profoundly honored to welcome Dr. Petraeus to our academic community," said CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein in a press release. Ann Kirschner, dean of the Macaulay Honors College, said in a statement she was "delighted" that Petraeus would be sharing his "extensive knowledge and experience" with students.

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Once a national hero for saving the United States from humiliation during his 2007-2008 stint at the commander of coalition forces in Iraq, Petraeus resigned as CIA director in disgrace in November after revealing an affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell.

CUNY did not mention the affair in its press release. In a statement circulated by the university, Petraeus said he plans to teach 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."

Petraeus said that the diversity of the student body helped him settle on the school.

"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," said Petraeus.

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The affair that doomed his career in government began when Broadwell was researching and writing a book titled "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus," which Rolling Stone referred to as "slobberific" and "so one-sided that it is almost supernaturally dull." Petraeus resigned as CIA director after the FBI learned of his affair with Broadwell. Tampa socialite Jill Kelley had informed the FBI about threatening messages that were traced to the biographer.

Petraeus was ranked by U.S. News as one of the country's best leaders in 2005. In a 2008 U.S. News article David Gergen, director of Harvard University's Center for Public Leadership, predicted that junior military officers, who he dubbed "graduates of the Petraeus school of leadership," would be "among the brightest lights of the future."

The CUNY job won't be Petraeus's first formal teaching gig. In the mid-1980s he was an assistant professor for two years at the U.S. Military Academy after earning his PhD from Princeton.

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