Former FBI Director James Comey will teach a college course on ethical leadership

Former FBI Director James Comey will teach a college course on ethical leadership
TOPSHOT - Former FBI director James Comey is sworn in during a hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill June 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. Comey took the stand Thursday in a crucial Senate hearing, repeating explosive allegations that President Donald Trump badgered him over the highly sensitive investigation Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

The ethics of former FBI Director James Comey have been called into question by some, including the president, over the past year, but Comey will be teaching a course on the subject this fall.

Comey has been hired by the College of William and Mary to teach a course on ethical leadership at the school’s Washington, D.C. center.

Comey is a 1982 graduate of the college, and the school calls him “among William & Mary’s most distinguished alumni.”

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

The school’s president, Taylor Reveley, lauded Comey for his commitment to the values of ethical leadership.

“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,” Reveley said.

Comey was fired by President Donald Trump in May for his handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe, and Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence committee in June that he kept memos of conversations with Trump, including when the president asked him to drop an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, which Trump has denied.