Bob McDonnell joining Regent University as a professor

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is set to join Regent University as a distinguished professor in 2017.

Regent announced Tuesday that McDonnell, who is a Regent University alumnus, will teach in the Robertson School of Government — and will help establish the Governor’s Center for Federalism and Civility at the university.

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“We are delighted to welcome Governor McDonnell back to Regent University,” Regent Chancellor and Founder Pat Robertson said Tuesday. “As we train students to serve in government, law and other disciplines, McDonnell will bring his extensive public service experience as an Army officer, prosecutor, state legislator, attorney general and governor.”

Federal prosecutors recently dropped a public corruption case against McDonnell.

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The former governor and his wife, Maureen McDonnell, were convicted by a jury in 2014 on corruption, fraud and bribery charges following an investigation into their relationship with Richmond businessman Jonnie Williams.

The United States Supreme Court in June overturned the conviction. In a news release Tuesday, McDonnell stated:

Teaching is something that I’ve often considered throughout my years of public service. During my painful journey through the justice system after I left the Governor’s office, I came to the realization that politics and polls are much less important than people and policies … I‘m eager to engage with Regent students and faculty in and out of the classroom, and I hope that my experiences can inspire others to consider careers in public service.”

Prior to his indictment in the public corruption case, there had been talk that McDonnell could become president at Regent.