David Petraeus May Soon Make $2,250 an hour

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July 1 2013 4:01 PM

David Petraeus May Soon Make $2,250 an Hour

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David Petraeus may soon be $200,000 richer.

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David Petraeus, the retired four-star general and former CIA director who resigned in the wake of a sex scandal last November, may soon be $200,000 richer thanks to a ridiculously cushy teaching gig at the City University of New York. Gawker reports:

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In April, CUNY announced that Petraeus would do a stint as a visiting professor of public policy at the school's Macaulay Honors College, leading a seminar on "developments that could position the United States...to lead the world out of the current global economic slowdown." According to documents Gawker obtained from CUNY via a Freedom of Information Law request, the fallen war architect will net a whopping $200,000 a year for the course, which will total about three hours of work, aided by a group of graduate students to take care of "course research, administration, and grading." (He will also throw in two lectures.)
That works out to approximately $2,250 per hour. CUNY adjuncts usually earn less than $3,000 per course.
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Intriguingly, CUNY has not actually raised the money necessary to hire Petraeus, though the university has yet to retract its offer or lower its sum.

Petraeus already holds a teaching position at the University of Southern California, and he was clearly reluctant to bring his brand to CUNY. In one email uncovered by Gawker, Petraeus writes:

The truth is that I could have had gotten more money or more prestigious places (you won't believe what USC will pay per week) but [CUNY’s chancellor] convinced me that this was the principal place to teach.

The retired general has also secured a job offer from Harvard’s Kennedy School—where he first met Paula Broadwell in 2006.

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