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Petraeus Lands $150,000 Teaching Gig at CUNY

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Tuesday, 02 Jul 2013 03:53 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

Retired four-star Gen. David Petraeus is bouncing back from the scandal that ended his career, accepting a job as a visiting professor of public policy at City University of New York's Macaulay Honors College for $150,000 a year.

CUNY originally announced the former CIA director's new job back in April, with the New York Times saying his pay was still under discussion.

However, on Monday, Gawker reported receiving documents from CUNY through a Freedom of Information request that revealed Petraeus will earn $200,000 a year for the course. That amount has since been dropped to $150,000, and includes a group of graduate students to take care of "course research, administration, and grading."

Petraeus will teach a seminar on "developments that could position the United States to lead the world out of the current global economic shutdown," CUNY said, and he plans to donate part of his salary to veterans' causes.

CUNY is trying to find an independent donor to subsidize Petraeus' salary, according to emails from the school's Director of Communications.

Petraeus had enjoyed a long, storied career in the military, including leading the surge of U.S. forces in Iraq in 2008 before becoming CIA director in September 2011. Just a few months later, in November, he resigned after apologizing after the FBI uncovered he'd had an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.

The former military leader, a graduate of West Point and Princeton, is apparently in high demand in the college circuit. He is already teaching at the University of Southern California for an undisclosed salary, the Los Angeles Times reports.

However, he may be making even more at USC than at CUNY, according to an email between him and CUNY Dean Ann Kirschner, in which he says: "the truth is that I could have had gotten more money or more prestigious places (you won't believe what USC will pay per week)."

Petraeus, who commanded coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, is leading USC seminars on issues such as international relations, government, leadership, information technology, and energy.

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