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Professor Petraeus will rake in $150,000 from CUNY

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City University of New York will pay David Petraeus — the former CIA director who resigned after having an affair with his biographer — $150,000 to teach a seminar for three hours a week in the fall.

That salary is much, much larger than what the average first-time visiting professor makes, according to documents obtained by Gawker. Petraeus will make about as per hour as the typical CUNY adjunct makes per course.

Nor will Petraeus have to do all the work himself. CUNY is arming him with graduate research assistants to help grade papers and administer the class, which will be held for three each week.

The ex-general was initially offered even more money, but eventually agreed to drop from $200,000 to $150,000 for unknown reasons. University officials mentioned that they were trying to raise funds to offer him other perks in several emails made public by Gawker.

“Knowing that you have been sought after by other institutions, some of them offering higher salaries, I am particularly grateful that you have agreed to a lower compensation than we originally offered,” wrote Ann Kirschner, dean of the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, in an email to Petraeus.

He will also donate some of his salary to veterans’ organizations, the email notes.

Petraeus, who left his CIA post after his affair with Paula Broadwell came to light, remains a sought-after commodity. He has also held a teaching position at the University of Southern California, and was offered a fellowship at Harvard University.

The CUNY course will focus on developments in energy, manufacturing and life sciences.

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