The Professor Is Famous. Is That Worth the Controversy?

As Visiting Professors, Celebrities Shake Up Academe 1

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City U. of New York faculty members were outraged to learn that David Petraeus would be paid $200,000. He later agreed to work for $1 a year.

When David H. Petraeus signed on to teach at the City University of New York this fall, it was supposed to be an opportunity for the retired four-star general to reinvent his public image by way of the classroom.

Accepting an academic post, some CUNY professors said, could go a long way toward helping Mr. Petraeus, whose reputation had taken a hit after he resigned as director of the Central Intelligence Agency last fall amid a scandal over an extramarital affair. Beyond helping Mr.