Former general, CIA Director David Petraeus to join USC faculty

Former CIA director and retired Gen. David Petraeus during a recent address at the University of Southern California, where he has joined the faculty.
Former CIA director and retired Gen. David Petraeus during a recent address at the University of Southern California, where he has joined the faculty. Frederic J. Brown /AFP/Getty Images

The Trojans have a new general.

The University of Southern California said former CIA director and retired four-star general David Petraeus is the newest faculty member at the university’s school of public policy.

“He will be both lecturing to students in classes, helping us convene events around public policy, and international policy as well as homeland security and he will be working with faculty on various issues related to policy, management, and leadership,” said Jack Knott, dean of USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy.

Petraeus led coalition forces in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. He’ll be teaching at USC about one week every month. Knott did not say what Petraeus would be getting paid.

“That’s what great universities do. They have the resources through a large endowment and fundraising to be able to go out there and cherry-pick the top people,” said Michael Genovese, director of the Institute for Leadership Studies at Loyola Marymount University.

Petraeus’s university appointment at USC and at the City University of New York are good next steps after revelations of an extramarital affair forced the retired general to resign as CIA director last November, Genovese said.

“We’re seeing him trying to basically rekindle a very high and prestigious reputation he had," said Genovese. "One that is a bit tarnished."

Genovese said USC should brag and Southern California should too because of the intellectual firepower Petraeus’s appointment brings.

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