Former US special envoy to anti-ISIS coalition joins Stanford University as lecturer

Brett McGurk, who stepped down last month as special envoy to the anti-ISIS military coalition, is joining Stanford University as a lecturer.

McGurk will work in the Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI) for International Studies, the university announced Wednesday.


“I hope to translate my experience in Washington and overseas into challenging courses to prepare a new generation of public servants, as well as enhance public understanding of the serious issues our nation confronts, and how we might better address them,” McGurk said in a statement.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is a senior fellow at the institute, called McGurk "the consummate professional diplomat."

"He has served on the front lines across three administrations, and handled some of the most difficult assignments for me and President Bush in Iraq during the surge. We are thrilled to welcome Brett to Stanford," Rice said in a statement.

McGurk was previously scheduled to leave his envoy post in February, but left last month after President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE announced he would withdraw the roughly 2,000 U.S. troops fighting ISIS in Syria.

That decision also contributed to the resignation of Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOnly Donald Trump has a policy for Afghanistan New Pentagon report blames Trump troop withdrawal for ISIS surge in Iraq and Syria Mattis returns to board of General Dynamics MORE.

Trump slammed McGurk on Twitter last month following his early departure, criticizing him over the Iran nuclear deal.

"For all of the sympathizers out there of Brett McGurk remember, he was the Obama appointee who was responsible for loading up airplanes with 1.8 Billion Dollars in CASH & sending it to Iran as part of the horrific Iran Nuclear Deal (now terminated) approved by Little Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerTrump announces, endorses ambassador to Japan's Tennessee Senate bid Meet the key Senate player in GOP fight over Saudi Arabia Trump says he's 'very happy' some GOP senators have 'gone on to greener pastures' MORE," Trump tweeted.