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Tuesday
Jul022013

David Petraeus to Teach Seminar for $150,000 -- 3 Hours/Week

FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former CIA director David Petraeus is receiving $150,000 to teach a three-hour weekly class at The City University of New York's Macaulay Honors College, more than three times the median $47,500 that full-time non-tenure track faculty members typically receive.

Petraeus, 60, resigned as CIA director in Nov. 2012 after it was revealed he had an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. The former general will join The City University of New York starting Aug. 1 as a visiting professor for the year.

According to a person familiar with the matter, Petraeus, who received a B.S. with honors from the United States Military Academy, and M.P.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University, received numerous higher offers elsewhere and will give a portion of his salary to veterans' charities.

Michael Arena, CUNY director for communications and marketing, said the funding for Petraeus' salary came from multiple private sources and not tax dollars.

Republican N.Y. assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor wrote a letter to CUNY on Tuesday, asking the university to "reconsider" whether a public university should spend $150,000 for a "celebrity".

Martin Snyder, acting executive director of the American Association of University Professors, called the salary "outrageous" and "ridiculous" for a public university, saying $150,000 could fund two full-time university professors that could teach hundreds of students.

"What's the mission of CUNY? To teach students of New York City, not to create an exclusive discussion group with a general," Snyder said.

Snyder said many adjunct CUNY professors would get paid about $3,000 to teach one course in a semester.

Petraeus and his attorney, Robert Barnett, declined to comment to ABC News.

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