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 TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border 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 MattisOvernight Defense: Dems tee up Tuesday vote against Trump's emergency declaration | GOP expects few defections | Trump doubles number of troops staying in Syria to 400 Trump administration ups to 400 number of troops staying behind in Syria Kurdish-led Syrian administration cheers Trump decision to leave troops in region 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 CorkerSasse’s jabs at Trump spark talk of primary challenger RNC votes to give Trump 'undivided support' ahead of 2020 Sen. Risch has unique chance to guide Trump on foreign policy MORE," Trump tweeted.