David Petraeus, former top spy and Cornwall native, to teach at City University of New York

General David Petraeus testifies before the Senate Armed

General David Petraeus testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Petraeus, the retired four-star general who led the U.S. military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, resigned as director of the CIA after admitting he had an extramarital affair. (June 29, 2012) (Credit: AP)

David Petraeus, whose 14-month tenure as CIA director ended abruptly in November after revelations of an extramarital affair with his biographer, has accepted a teaching post at City University of New York beginning Aug. 1.

In his first career move since the scandal broke, the native of Cornwall-on-Hudson, has been named visiting professor of public policy at CUNY's Macaulay Honors College.

In a statement, Petraeus, who received a bachelor's degree from West Point and master's and doctorate degrees from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, said he was attracted by Macaulay's student composition.


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"Sixty-percent of Macaulay students are the children of immigrants or immigrants themselves, and as the son of an immigrant who settled north of New York City, I identify with them . . .," said the son of a Dutch merchant marine and a librarian from Brooklyn.

Petraeus, a four-star general who commanded U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, chronicled his career in "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus," a biography written with Paula Broadwell. Disclosures of his affair with Broadwell, however, derailed his time as the nation's top spy.

During his 37 years in the Army, Petraeus also served in Europe, Haiti, Bosnia and Kuwait.

Ann Kirchner, dean of Macaulay, welcomed Petraeus' appointment.

"His extensive knowledge and experience will be great resources for our remarkable group of academically gifted students who represent the sparkling diversity of New York," she said in a statement.

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