NEW YORK CITY — Ex-CIA chief David Petraeus has taken a new teaching post at CUNY, his first high-profile job after resigning from the agency over an extramarital affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell.
Starting Aug. 1, Petraeus will serve as a visiting professor teaching public policy for CUNY's Macaulay Honors College, which gives full scholarships for all its academically gifted undergraduates.
"I am very pleased to have an opportunity to work with the talented students at Macaulay Honors College," the former four-star general said in a statement Tuesday. "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."
Petraeus' teaching gig comes six months after he resigned as CIA director because he was having an extramarital affair with Broadwell, author of "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus."
The announcement of his appointment, which made no mention of the scandal, lauded his distinguished military career. As the leader of United States forces during the Iraq War, Petraeus pioneered innovative counterinsurgency and nation-building strategies.
In a statement, Petraeus said he hopes to lead a seminar that draws on his experience and research to discuss America's position on the world stage in the years to come.
"With his appointment," said CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, "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."