Petraeus may not be quite all in at CUNY

General David Petraeus has been hired to teach at CUNY at the University of Southern California (h/t Anna Law):

David H. Petraeus, the former four-star U.S. Army general who resigned as head of the Central Intelligence Agency last year after confessing to an extramarital affair, will teach part-time at USC and help mentor students who are veterans, officials are announcing Thursday.

Petraeus, who commanded coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, will teach and participate in seminars on such issues as international relations, government, leadership, information technology and energy, according to USC…

Petraeus, 60, is supposed to start his faculty position at USC July 1 for an open-ended period, officials said.

“I am very grateful to have an opportunity to be part of a great university that prizes academic excellence, that is doing cutting-edge research in areas of enormous importance to our country, and that is known for steadfast support of its veterans and ROTC programs,” Petraeus stated in a statement released Thursday.

Someone better tell the CUNY administration: Petraeus may not be quite all in.

In a statement, Mr. Petraeus said he looked forward to leading 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.”

The idea, Ann Kirschner, dean of Macaulay, said in an interview, “is an interdisciplinary seminar in keeping with his research interest in energy, advanced manufacturing, life sciences and information technology.”

In addition, she said, he will give talks and meet with students about their research projects. “We’re still figuring out how much time he’ll be available to us and how to get him as involved as possible in the life of the college,” she said. His compensation for the one-year position, which begins in August, is “still in discussion,” she said.

Matthew Goldstein, chancellor of the CUNY system, said in a statement that “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.

Anyone who teaches at CUNY has to fill out and sign a Multiple Position Form, which attests to the fact that he is not doing more than eight hours of work per week outside the university. I’ll be curious to see what our newest hire writes on his.

Oh well, time for a new sign: Guess Who’s Not Teaching at CUNY!


  1. Geoff May 2, 2013 at 8:39 am | #

    Who cares where he ends up, as long as he uses his superpowers to “lead the world out of the current global economic slowdown.” Seriously, what are these administrators smoking?

    • Sam Holloway May 2, 2013 at 3:09 pm | #

      Those administrators are inhaling the vapors of elite access; it’s nothing new, sadly. Chris Hedges decries this process in his righteous excoriation of the ‘liberal class.’ Present company obviously excepted, far too much of academia has taken this route. No one with any sense of honesty would refer to Petraeus as a ‘distinguished leader.’

      • Andrew May 3, 2013 at 11:11 pm | #

        You mean the same Chris Hedges who complained about the death of the liberal class then turned around and denounced anarchists and socialists on TV because they were giving OWS a ‘bad name’? The same Chris Hedges who likewise about-faced on his own narrative by standing by Obama’s every move in foreign affairs? The same Chris Hedges who went on incoherent rants and semi-schizophrenic dialogues with Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens in order to defend his untenable belief in spiritual fantasies? The same Chris Hedges who calls all of his opponents racists and totalitarians with dumbfounding frequency? The same Chris Hedges who writes sensationalist best-sellers about mysterious corporate and Christo-fascist conspiracy theories? Yeah, I’m pretty sure that Petraeus, a decorated retired General who dedicated his life to his country and fellow soldiers, who helped save and improve the lives of millions of people (regardless of your political disagreement with him) is inferior to the ‘distinguished leadership’ of a genius like Hedges.

  2. Bobk May 2, 2013 at 2:49 pm | #

    It would be only fitting that Petreaus have Ricks, Bacevich and Chalmers Johnson on his seminar reading list.

  3. Bart May 3, 2013 at 8:06 am | #

    Did you all see that Paula Broadwell is seeking societal forgiveness/reentry via a prayer breakfast in NC?

  4. Glenn Kissack May 23, 2013 at 11:57 pm | #

    The Guardian/BBC video that describes how Petraeus oversaw the establishment of Iraqi torture centers and a sectarian war that took the lives of thousands and continues today:

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