City University of New York confirmed that former CIA director David Petraeus's new salary for his visiting professorship would be rolled back to $1 after both the university and Petraeus received backlash for his originally reported salary of $200,000, the New York Times reported Monday.
“The general never was taking on this teaching assignment for the money,” Robert Barnett, Petraeus' attorney, told the New York Times. “Once controversy arose about the amount he was being paid, he 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,”
Barnett said Petraeus suggested eliminating his salary “to remove money as a point of controversy.”
Petraeus is slated to teach a seminar called “Are We on the Threshold of the North American Decade” each semester and give two public lectures.