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‘A No-Brainer’: Fauci Lands Cushy New Gig After Retiring from Government

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, who retired from the federal government in December after serving as the nation’s COVID-19 administrator under Presidents Donald Trump and Joe Biden, has a new position.

The 82-year-old Fauci has been appointed to a prestigious position at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., according to a press release issued by the institution on Monday.

The former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will begin Saturday as a “Distinguished University Professor in the School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases,” according to a press release.

Additionally, Fauci will hold a position at the university’s McCourt School of Public Policy.

“We are deeply honored to welcome Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, a dedicated public servant, humanitarian and visionary global health leader, to Georgetown,” Georgetown President John J. DeGioia said in a statement.

“Dr. Fauci has embodied the Jesuit value of being in service to others throughout his career, and we are grateful to have his expertise, strong leadership and commitment to guiding the next generation of leaders to meet the pressing issues of our time,” he said.

Fauci stated in a press release that choosing Georgetown over other offers was “a no-brainer.”

He stated that his next position would entail teaching, lecturing on governance, and maintaining a research connection.

“When you look around, all of a sudden it became very clear what I wanted to do because Georgetown essentially filled all of those criteria — and then it has so many other aspects of it that you couldn’t make it up. I feel like I’m coming home,” Fauci said.

“I ask myself, now, at this stage in my life, what do I have to offer to society?” he said in the release.

“I could do more experiments in the lab and have my lab going, but given what I’ve been through, I think what I have to offer is experience and inspiration to the younger generation of students,” he said.

Fauci stated in an interview posted on the college’s website that the college’s proximity to his home and familial ties set it apart.

A Twitter user pointed out that there are additional ties, providing a link to a report from the National Institutes of Health indicating that Georgetown received more than $50 million in funding during the federal fiscal year of 2022.

From 1984 to 2022, Fauci was the director of NAIAD, which is part of the NIH.

Others on social media criticized the decision due to his past involvement with the coronavirus and the pandemic.

“I am delighted to join the Georgetown family, an institution steeped in clinical and academic excellence with an emphasis on the Jesuit tradition of public service,” Fauci said in the release.

“This is a natural extension of my scientific, clinical and public health career, which was initially grounded from my high school and college days where I was exposed to intellectual rigor, integrity and service-mindedness of Jesuit institutions,” he said.

Fauci was quoted in 2020 as telling Georgetown pupils to only trust individuals like himself.

“For the most part, you can trust respected medical authorities. I believe I am one of them,” he said, according to a university news release.

“I would stick with respected medical authorities who have a track record of telling the truth, who have a track record of giving information and policy and recommendations based on scientific evidence and good data,” he said.

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