Retired Army general David Petraeus accepts Harvard fellowship
The Boston Herald
BOSTON — Former CIA Director David Petraeus, who resigned in disgrace after an FBI investigation revealed his affair, landed a fellowship at Harvard University — the same place he first met his mistress — and a top Harvard Kennedy School official hopes the retired Army general uses his time there to write a book.
Petraeus, named a non-resident senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School, will help lead a project examining advancements in energy, manufacturing, computer technology and biochemistry, and how the U.S. enhances its competitiveness in those fields through public policy, Belfer Center Director Graham Allison said.
“It’s a really big idea. My aspiration is he ought to write this as a book,” Allison said. “I think he’ll be great juice for us and I think he thinks we’re a center of strength with these issues.”
Allison said Petraeus is expected to receive a $12,000 annual stipend for a once-a-month visit to the Cambridge campus, where he first met Paula Broadwell — his mistress and biographer — while speaking at Harvard in 2006. Broadwell was studying for a master’s degree in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School at the time.
Petraeus stirred up controversy after he was hired at the University of Southern California and the City University of New York, where he opted to take a $1 salary after CUNY officials disclosed his $150,000 payday for teaching one weekly course. Anti-war protestors surrounded and taunted the retired four-star Army general outside his class. At USC, a student veteran wrote to the college newspaper criticizing Petraeus’ military leadership.
Allison said the Harvard community has been accepting of Petraeus, noting he received a warm reception when he attended a university event for veterans in the spring.
“On a college campus there’s someone protesting something all the time and that’s their right,” Allison said. “All the people who have had the chance to work with him think it’s an honor and a privilege.”