Former FBI Director Comey to teach ethical leadership course at Virginia college

January 19, 2018 GMT

RICHMOND, Va. — Former FBI director James Comey will teach an ethical leadership course at the College of William & Mary starting next fall, the school announced Friday.

The William & Mary alumnus will serve as an executive professor in education as he teaches the three-credit course. Drew Stelljes, the school’s executive assistant professor of education and assistant vice president for student leadership, will co-teach the class during the next three semesters.

Comey, 57, was appointed as the head of the FBI in 2013 by former president Barack Obama. He stayed on as FBI director under President Donald Trump until he was fired in May of last year.


His controversial role in the email scandal surrounding presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is seen by experts as one reason the Democrat lost the 2016 election.

The William & Mary class will meet primarily at the W&M Washington Center’s classroom in D.C., but will be taught once in Williamsburg.

“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,” Comey said in a prepared statement. “Building and maintaining that kind of leadership, in both the private sector and government, is the challenge of our time.”

Space is limited to eligible students, mostly those enrolled in the Washington Center and graduate students. Undergraduates minoring in educational studies will also receive priority in the class’s enrollment, according to the school.

″(Comey) 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,” said William & Mary President Taylor Reveley in a prepared statement. “Our students will benefit significantly from his experience and wisdom.”

Comey ran the Richmond division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia from 1996 to 2001. While here, he was an adjunct law professor at the University of Richmond.

He moved up the ranks of the attorney general’s office before an eight-year career in the private sector. In September 2013 he became FBI director.

His 10-year term was cut short, though, when Trump fired him in May. His book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership,” is due out in May.

Comey currently serves as the Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy at Howard University.