Petraeus takes job at New York college

Former CIA Director David Petraeus, who resigned last year after admitting to an extramarital affair, is taking a new job as a professor at a New York university.


Petraeus will be teaching at the City University of New York beginning in August, the school said Tuesday, where he will be a visiting professor of public policy at the Macaulay Honors College.

The former CIA director and four-star general is taking the job less than a year after resigning from the CIA amid revelations of his affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell.

Before joining the CIA, Petraeus was recognized for his role commanding U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and as the architect of the surge in Iraq.

Petraeus said in a statement that he would be teaching 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.”

In announcing the hire, the university lauded the retired general for a long military and public service career — as well as his writings and Ph.D. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

“CUNY is profoundly honored to welcome Dr. Petraeus to our academic community,’’ CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein said in a statement.

“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,” he added.