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After Uproar Over 6-Figure CUNY Salary, Petraeus Will Teach for $1

The City University of New York drew fire this month when it was revealed that David H. Petraeus, the former CIA director, would earn a six-figure salary as a visiting professor of public policy at the institution’s Macaulay Honors College. The details of Mr. Petraeus’s pay became the subject of widespread condemnation on social media.

But on Monday, two weeks after the initial wave of criticism, The New York Times reported that Mr. Petraeus’s salary would shrink all the way to $1.

The news Web site Gawker had previously obtained documents through a public-records request showing that Mr. Petraeus, a former Army general who resigned last year as director of the Central Intelligence Agency amid revelations of an extramarital affair, would earn $200,000 at CUNY. The university said later that the $200,000 figure was inaccurate and that his pay would be $150,000, financed with private money.

The smaller salary failed to satisfy CUNY’s critics. The Professional Staff Congress, CUNY’s faculty union, called Mr. Petraeus’s salary “obscene” in a written statement protesting his hiring.

Robert Barnett, Mr. Petraeus’s lawyer, confirmed to the Times that his client’s salary would be $1 and said Mr. Petraeus “never was taking on this teaching assignment for the money.” The Times reported that the university also confirmed the salary change.

Once the controversy over Mr. Petraeus’s pay arose, Mr. Barnett added, his client “decided it was much more important to keep the focus on the students, on the school, and on the teaching, and not have it be about the money.” He said Mr. Petraeus had proposed waiving his salary “to remove money as a point of controversy,” according to the Times.

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