Petraeus Will Earn $150,000 as Visiting Professor at CUNY

David H. Petraeus will earn a $150,000 salary when he joins the City University of New York’s Macaulay Honors College this fall as a visiting professor of public policy, according to documents obtained by the Web site Gawker through a public-records request.

Mr. Petraeus, a former Army general who resigned last year as director of the Central Intelligence Agency amid revelations that he had had an extramarital affair with his biographer, will also join the faculty at the University of Southern California this fall. (The private California institution declined to reveal what Mr. Petraeus would be paid there, according to the Los Angeles Times.) He is one of several public figures who in recent years have emerged in academe after leaving office under a cloud of scandal.

Gawker initially reported on Monday that Mr. Petraeus’s salary at CUNY would be $200,000. However, a university spokesman later said that the letter released to Gawker describing Mr. Petraeus’s compensation was inaccurate. The spokesman provided an e-mail dated Monday afternoon stating that Mr. Petraeus’s salary would be $150,000, paid through the university’s research foundation. The e-mail stated that Mr. Petraeus had pledged to donate some of the money to veterans’ groups.

The details of Mr. Petraeus’s compensation became the target of widespread condemnation on social media. Many commentators pointed out the vast gap between his pay and the salaries of adjunct professors.


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