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James Comey will teach ethical leadership course at William & Mary

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Former FBI Director James B. Comey has been tapped to teach a course on ethical leadership at the College of William & Mary starting this fall.

Comey has been appointed as an executive professor in education at the college. He will co-teach the three-credit class with Drew Stelljes, executive assistant professor of education and assistant vice president for student leadership, from fall 2018 to summer 2019.

Offered through the W&M Washington Center, the course will meet primarily in the center’s classroom in Washington, D.C., and once at the W&M School of Education in Williamsburg, with that session being live-streamed back to students in the nation’s capital.

Comey graduated from William & Mary in 1982 as a double major in chemistry and religion. He has held a number of senior leadership positions in and out of government, including U.S. attorney and deputy attorney general before taking the helm of the FBI in 2013. He worked there until last year when President Donald Trump fired him as the agency investigated possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Throughout the years, he has remained connected to his alma mater, including serving as vice president of the W&M Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2009 to 2011. In 2014, Comey received the Alumni Medallion, the William & Mary Alumni Association’s highest honor.

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