David Petraeus decides against accepting six-figure salary from CUNY to teach one class

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Four-star general and former CIA director David Petraeus will not accept a six-figure salary to teach one class as a visiting professor at the City University of New York honors college, The New York Times reported Monday. His new salary? One dollar.

CUNY announced in April that Petraeus would teach a class in the university system's Macaulay Honors College, months after he resigned from the CIA amid revelations of an extramarital affair with a biographer. Gawker revealed on July 1 that Petraeus was offered $200,000 as payment by CUNY.

After Gawker published its scoop, CUNY said the sum was lowered to $150,000, supplemented by private funding rather than tax dollars, and the former CIA director pledged to donate some of it to "veterans' organizations." Still, the compensation to teach one class was a significant amount more than the average $56,664 to $102,235 full professors earn at CUNY, and the $24,644 an adjunct earns teaching four courses a year.

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