Comey to Co-Teach William & Mary Course on ‘Ethical Leadership’

Former FBI Director James Comey
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Former FBI Director James Comey will teach a course on ethical leadership for his alma mater, the College of William & Mary, beginning in the fall 2018 semester.

Comey will co-teach the three-credit course with Drew Stelljes, executive assistant professor of education and assistant vice president for student leadership, the Washington Examiner reported Friday. After the fall, the class will also be held during the spring 2019 and summer 2019 semesters.

The course will meet primarily at the school's Washington Center in Washington, D.C., and will also be taught at the William & Mary School of Education in Williamsburg, Virginia, at which time it will be live-streamed back to the campus in Washington.

"Jim Comey is among William & Mary’s most distinguished alumni," school President Taylor Reveley said. "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."

Comey graduated from William & Mary in 1982 with a double major in chemistry and religion. He said he is "thrilled" to have the opportunity to teach at his alma mater.

Comey served as FBI Director from 2013 until May 2017, when President Donald Trump fired him as the bureau began investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

"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 statement. "Building and maintaining that kind of leadership, in both the private sector and government, is the challenge of our time."