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Gen. Petraeus Named Professor at USC

He will teach and work closely with USC veterans and ROTC members. 

Retired Gen. David H. Petraeus will join the USC faculty as the Judge Widney Professor this fall. 

General David Petraeus will begin teaching at USC in the fall. (Creative Commons)
General David Petraeus will begin teaching at USC in the fall. (Creative Commons)

The title is named after one of USC's founders, Judge Robert Maclay Widney, and reserved for "eminent individuals from the arts, sciences, professions, business and community and national leadership." 

"He embodies all the noble qualities of our founder along with a fearless commitment to excellence," President C.L. Nikias said. "His presence will have a profound impact on our students across many disciplines." 

According to the university, Petraeus will mentor student veterans and ROTC members along with teach classes, partake in seminars and panels, and participate in working sessions with students. He will be affiliated with the USC School of Social Work; USC Price; the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism; the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences; the USC Viterbi School of Engineering; the USC Institute for Creative Technologies; and the USC Libraries. 

"I am very grateful to have an opportunity to be a part of a great university that prizes academic excellence, that is doing cutting-edge research in areas of enormous importance to our country, and that is known for steadfast support of its veterans and ROTC programs," Petraeus said. 

Petraeus is a former four-star U.S. Army general who served 37 years in the U.S. Army and led the Central Intelligence Agency for a little over a year. But, he resigned last year as the Director of the CIA  after confessing to an extramarital affair with his biographer. In March, Petraeus stepped back into the spotlight and apologized for his affair at a USC event

The general's position will begin July 1 for "an open-ended period." 

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