Conflict & Justice

David Petraeus, who quit as CIA director amid sex scandal, accepts job as college professor


Former CIA director and retired four-star general General David Petraeus makes his public speech since resigning as CIA director at University of Southern California dinner for students Veterans and ROTC students on March 26, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.


Kevork Djansezian

David Petraeus, the war hero and former CIA director who left office amid a sex scandal, has a new job.

Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York, or CUNY, said the retired four-star general has been named a visiting professor for public policy, to begin teaching in August.

In a press release issued by the college, Petraeus, who has a doctorate from Princeton University and a long career in national security and military strategy, said he will be teaching a seminar focused on North America's role in the global economy.

“I look forward to leading a seminar at Macaulay 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,” he said.

The former CIA director, who left his post heading the spy agency in disgrace last year after admitting to an affair, added that he feels some kinship with the student body at CUNY.

“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 has written widely on international relations, military strategy and tactics and national security issues.

A hero of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, he left the CIA in November after it was revealed he'd had an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.

Petraus said in his first public speech after the scandal:

"I [am] keenly aware that I am regarded in a different light now than I was a year ago. I know that I can never fully assuage the pain that I inflicted on those closest to me and on a number of others... I can, however, try to move forward in a manner that is consistent with the values to which I subscribed before slipping my moorings and, as best as possible, to make amends to those I have hurt and let down. Life doesn't stop with such a mistake; it can and must go on."