James Comey, the former FBI director who was fired last year by President Trump, will co-teach a course on ethical leadership at the College of William & Mary starting this fall, the school announced Friday.
Mr. Comey, who graduated from the public Virginia university in 1982 as a double major in chemistry and religion, was appointed as an executive professor in education at the school and will co-teach the three-credit course with executive assistant professor of education and assistant vice president for student leadership Drew Stelljes, the school said.
“I am thrilled to have the chance to engage with William & Mary students about a vital topic — ethical leadership,” Mr. Comey said in a statement. “Ethical leaders lead by seeing above the short term, above the urgent or the partisan, and with a higher loyalty to lasting values, most importantly the truth. Building and maintaining that kind of leadership, in both the private sector and government, is the challenge of our time. There is no better place to teach and learn about it than the W&M Washington Program.”
“Jim Comey is among William & Mary’s most distinguished alumni,” added university President Taylor Reveley. “Over the years, he has been deeply committed to his alma mater. He understands to the core of his being that our leaders must have an abiding commitment to ethical behavior and sacrificial service if we are to have good government. Our students will benefit significantly from his experience and wisdom.”
Mr. Comey received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the university in 2008 and was honored as W&M Law School’s Carter O. Lowance Fellow in recognition of his public service in 2011.
Mr. Comey led the FBI from 2013 until last year, when he was fired by Mr. Trump amid a counterintelligence investigation into whether the president’s election campaign colluded with Russia.
Adam Anthony, executive director of W&M’s Washington Center, told the Associated Press that it “remains to be seen” whether the former FBI director will discuss his own experiences with students enrolled in the course.