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Ex-CIA Director Petraeus has a new title: Professor Petraeus

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Former CIA Director David Petraeus addresses a University of Southern California event honoring the military on March 26, 2013, in Los Angeles, Calif. In his first public appearance since stepping down last November as head of the CIA after admitting to an affair, Petraeus said he regretted and apologized for the circumstances that led to his resignation.

Former CIA Director David Petraeus, the general whose celebrated military career ended in scandal in November, has a new job title: professor.

Petraeus will join the faculty at the University of Southern California, teaching, mentoring student veterans and ROTC members, and participating in seminars and panels starting on July 1, the school announced Thursday.

“USC is thrilled to have General Petraeus join our faculty as a Judge Widney Professor,” USC President C. L. Max Nikias said in a press release. “He embodies all the noble qualities of our founder along with a fearless commitment to excellence. His presence will have a profound impact on our students across many disciplines.”

Judge Widney Professors — named after USC's founder — are prestigious individuals from the arts, sciences, business and national leadership, the school said.


The news comes weeks after City University of New York announced Petraeus would join its faculty as a visiting professor of public policy starting Aug. 1.

“With his appointment, our students will have a unique opportunity to learn about public policy firsthand from a distinguished leader with extraordinary experience and expertise in international security issues, intelligence matters and nation-building,’’ said Dr. Matthew Goldstein, chancellor of The City University of New York.

Petraeus, a decorated four-star general who led coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, resigned as head of the CIA late last year. He cited an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, and "extremely poor judgment."

He had been CIA director since April 2011, and his resignation capped an illustrious career that included being named one of America's 25 best leaders by U.S. News and World Report in 2005 and being a runner-up for TIME person of the year in 2007.

His career highlight was as commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, overseeing the troop "surge" strategy in 2007.

Petraeus got his undergrad degree from the United States Military Academy and has a Ph.D from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. 

He was in public service for 37 years.

On Wednesday, Broadwell — who has avoided the media spotlight since Petraeus' resignation — attended a YMCA prayer breakfast in Charlotte, N.C., where she lives. 

"I grew up in a strong faith-based family," she said, reported Reuters. "I think I have selected to return to those roots for strength, for my family, for myself and to protect our children and to forgive others and move on and face forward."

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